How Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will change the way you eat

-Apr 24, Caroline Blight, Nutrition -

The obesity epidemic
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is leading a new series of programming by the BBC to halt the obesity epidemic in the UK with his new three-part series Britain’s Fat Fight.


The chances are, if you’re interested in Lumity, then you’re keen, or interested in, great health. And, we all know that starts with what you eat and put in your body, as well as factors like stress management and regular exercise.

But sometimes it’s all too easy to indulge in comfort eating. And, with obesity on the rise at an alarming rate on both the UK and the US, it’s key that we start seeing food as fuel rather than fun. 


Why is obesity on the rise? 


Britain is already the most obese country in Western Europe with two-thirds of the population already overweight or obese, and it’s projected that more than 50 per cent of the UK will be obese by 2050. The situation is killing us, after smoking obesity is the biggest cause of death in Britain, poor diet and a lack of exercise are crippling the NHS.


What is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall going to do about obesity?


Hugh who wants to give us a reality check also challenge the big food companies and restaurant chains to make it easier for us to understand what we are eating.

At the same time he’s also going to challenge the people of Newcastle to lose 100,000 lbs in the next year.

As well as asking people to change their eating habits he’s also meeting major food manufacturers including the big cereal brands and fruit juice/smoothie makers to find out why they aren’t keen to make it clear just how much sugar is in their products – so people can make informed choices about what they buy.


How can we make our children less likely to become obese?


The chef has seen a result from his plea to popular high street restaurant chains to ban bottomless fizzy drinks and carry nutritional info about their kids menus when he tells them he’s going to publish a league table is published, ranking the top 25 from best to worst.

This is enough to make 10 restaurant chains change their menus – meaning 6 million healthier kids’ meals a month are being sold across them.

Britain’s Fat Fight is part of a season of BBC One shows looking at obesity with two more shows already confirmed.


How an obesity experiment could save lives


In Crash Diet Revolution Britain’s top nutrition scientists will come together in a bold new experiment that puts the latest research on crash dieting to the test.

Four volunteers who’ve tried everything to slim down, will be put them on a brand new extreme ten-week weight loss programme under the guidance of our experts, to trial the ultimate crash diet. Each dieter has a specific health issue that weight loss can dramatically improve or even cure.

Meanwhile, The Truth About Obesity will look at exactly what being obese is, and what happens to our bodies when we are obese. And the most effective and up-to-date solutions available in a fast-moving area of scientific research.


If you found this interesting, here’s some information on the new diet which is being heralded as anti-ageing. And, if you are feeling as though you’re ready to get moving, here’s our starter’s guide to running your first 5K. 

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