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An evidence based strategy for preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes

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The worldwide pandemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes is due to the food and soft drink industry promoting foods that are calorie dense with only transient feeling of satiation. Not surprisingly people eat more of these foods and become obese. It is clear from the UK experience of salt reduction that both sugar and fat can be reduced slowly without additional calories either by adding in substances with no calorific value or reducing portion size. At the same time there needs to be restrictions on marketing and promotion. We estimate that a 50% reduction of sugar and 20% reduction of fat would reduce calorie intake by 200Kcal/day per person. This would prevent obesity.

This talk is part of the The obesity epidemic: Discussing the global health crisis series.

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