The Conversation Society: Obesity: The Debate Begins….Part 6

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:

Nick Southgate began his section of the debate by highlighting why education needs to play an important role in tackling obesity:

“No body knows what they should eat. They don’t learn about nutrition, only from other sources. We eat what people give us. Its impacted by cultre. For example in the UK you’re taught to eat bread as part of your diet. The fact is that what is around us influences what we eat rather than what we should eat. I think that’s why we end up eating too much. There’s nothing more annoying than going out to dinner with someone who avoids certain food, its no fun, we also tend to eat what is available without thinking about it.

What is fascinating is ‘the power of the normal’. If we adjust what our view of normal is, we can make a difference. And our ability to do this is staggering. Look at the book “In The Defence of Food”, the book advises on habits that can help us eat nore healthier. One of the most brilliant pieces of advice was ‘don’t eat anything your grandma wouldn’t recognise’.


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