Eighty-five percent of the UK’s general practitioner doctors rate their patients’ current eating habits as unhealthy, according to a new report out today.
They say it’s not just over eating, ignorance and lack of exercise contributing to Britons’ poor diets. Norwich Union Healthcare’s ‘Nutritional Health’ report found that more than eight in 10 general practitioners are pointing the finger of blame at fad diets popularized by celebrities, claiming they put the nation’s health at risk by misleading the public about what’s healthy and what’s not.
Ann Robinson, general practitioner, said in a news release that celebrities are not nutritionists.
“Many are actually under weight and under-nourished,” she said. “Celebrities, who have a vested interest in looking today’s version of ‘perfect’, are often taken in themselves by the latest diet crazes and seem to reinvent their eating regimes as often and as easily as they reinvent their own image. While such extremes might be ok for those whose livelihoods depend on it, it doesn’t make for a sensible or sustainable healthy living plan for the rest of us.”