Confusion among experts about healthy diet
UK’s anti-obesity campaign group is in confusion after its controversial new dietary guideline ignited serious pressure and threats by top doctors of the country to shun it over its “misleading” aspects.
New diet guideline
The National Obesity Forum (NOF) is in confusion over last week’s indications that people should include more fat in their diet, reduce carbohydrates and do not eat with calories in their mind.
NOF is facing criticisms from a range of high-ranking experts on diet and obesity. The experts fear that the new advice will increase the confusion in public over the eating habits, fighting obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The group is planning to declare a statement this week rejecting the new results. The NOF’s new guideline challenged traditional thinking by advising that consuming fatty foods like meat, and dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt, while cutting down low-fat products, would be beneficial to health.
Public Health England said that “in the face of all the evidence, calling for people to eat more fat, cut out carbs and ignore calories is irresponsible”.
The chief nutritionist of Public Health England, Dr. Alison Tedstone said that people who consumed too much-saturated fat could increase their cholesterol levels and so raise their risk of a heart attack or obesity. The British Dietetic Association has considered this guideline as extremely dangerous.
Concerns are so high that it may be removed from the Obesity Health Alliance, a union of 30 health organizations that is urging the government to take strict steps to handle the increasing epidemic of obesity.
The emails documented how Dr. Matt Capehorn, the forum’s clinical director, believes that it is so torn that it may now become “a professional leper”. He has said to the board that he will resign unless the NOF clears that the findings were just an “opinion”, rather than the reliable suggestion to people about their habits of food consumption. Capehorn also runs the Yorkshire town’s Institute for Obesity.
Confusion Among Experts:
Capehorn says that Pinki Sahota “has also reiterated what John Wass has said”. Pinki Sahota is chair of the Association for the Study of Obesity and also a professor of nutrition and childhood obesity at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Capehorn adds that the “fallout” is so big that annual conference of the forum, was supposed to take place in November “is now in jeopardy”. Capehorn said that one professor of human nutrition at Glasgow University and also an Obesity expert, Mike Lean has already withdrawn from speaking because of the controversy.
One of Britain’s experts in public health told that the study’s researchers had accidently blemished efforts to make aware the public about what they should and should not include in their diet. “The report’s conclusion to opt for a ‘balanced diet’ is a disaster. Because that is exactly the phrase the junk food industry use to justify ‘a little of what you like will do no harm’; that is, ‘eat junk, snacks, and soda whenever you want – and make us rich’.”
“The messages of congratulations from healthcare professionals have been overwhelming. Clinicians – rather than researchers or academics – who actually deal with patients have been almost 100% supportive.”
Malhotra also disregards the storm and said, “Their reaction is just another symptom of complete healthcare system failure, resulting in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients which have, and continues to, sadly contribute to considerable ill health in the population.”