The BBC are to air a three-day series which is to investigate the issue of global obesity around the world. A study of 9,000 people from 13 different nations across five continents were questioned about their attitudes towards food and dieting.
The US and the UK were found to have the least self discipline when it came to eating unhealthy foods and both nations had the highest number of respondents who admitted they would be unable to give up fast food with 45% of Brits saying they like the taste of food too much and 44% of Americans saying they couldn’t give up their burgers, pizzas and chicken wings.
Geographically, the poll showed that Saudi Arabia and those from the United Arab Emirates were among the top consumers of products low in fat, meal replacements and they also took the most food supplements.
They also showed the most interest in weight loss programmes, gym memberships and home exercise equipment.
Other healthy front runners included Canada and South Africa who lead the way with an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 29 – a calculation that takes into account both height and weight.
We already know that those who are overweight have a higher risk of heart disease, type II diabetes and other diseases including some cancers and continuing research into the matter is further highlighting Health analysts warning that obesity related illness will eventually overwhelm health care systems around the world.
Peter Hollins, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation believes that if we want to truly tackle obesity then our first port of call should be Britain’s junk food addiction.
“But this isn’t going to happen whilst a junk-dominated diet is being normalised through the constant barrage of advertising and promotions.”