The Conversation Society: Obesity: The Debate Begins…Part 2

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Food & Drink, Healthcare, Lifestyle

Ahead of the next Conversation Society event on 11 May, 2011, we decided to take a look back at last year’s event to share the discussions and insights we learnt:

Dr Matt Capehorn from the Rotherham Institute of Obesity continued the debate by sharing his point of view on why obesity is still a problem by highlighting the challenges consumers face:

“Does anyone want to give up their eating habits? Consumers are confused about what they can and can’t eat, there is not enough information about the different types of fat we consume. People don’t consider the calories in liquids, people still buy premium brand food items because they think it is healthier. Common mistakes happen and we need to educate patients. I don’t want to ban foods or have them taxed, people need to make better choices.” 

Matt ended his part of the discussion by challenging the audience:  “Compare the following: Big Mac, Subway Melt and a Packaged Sandwich – which is the worst for calories, fat and salt?”  You would be surprised how many of us got the answers wrong.


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