(Original post by Anonymous)
ah sweet, I should hopefully
be starting biomedical science in September too! & Good on you for trying to get the right info out there! In your opinion, what would be the best way to tackle this obesity epidemic (should nutrition be taught in schools? ban unhealthy foods? leave it up to the parents?) and what sort of diet/foods would you recommend for people who wanna lose weight?
Good luck with your results, and I hope you enjoy your course. I'm about to go into my final year.Thanks. You'd be surprised how many people
being corrected and get defensive and angry if you point out the mistake in their arguments or advice. Never understood why people take it so personally, surely they'd want to know how it actually works? But nope.
Honestly it's a tough thing to tackle.
I definitely think nutrition, weight (which is different to nutrition) and calories work should be taught in school yes. The problem is making sure it is taught properly. Often times the facts get skewed and confused, confusing the people learning if the person teaching doesn't fully understand the topic themselves. I have seen this happen so many times with so many topics and it causing so many misinformation myths. I don't think banning unhealthy foods will do any good. People should eat a balanced diet because it's healthier for them. But in terms of weight you can still be obese and not eat junk food, it's all about the calories. I think blaming particular foods helps no one. Blaming particular foods and food types I think has created more of a problem. It has caused fad weight loss diets like high carb or low carb, high fat or low fat ect, which completely disregarding calories. So people still often don't end up losing weight because they are not counting calories and so cannot know if they are at a calorie deficit. Of course you can reduce portion size which reduces calories, but for some people the amount they need to eat to lose and maintain weight (particular women, very short people and sedenetary people) is quite low and so you need to be accurate.
With the amount of overweight and obese people in the UK I don't think it should be left up to parents. Especially since parents often pass on their bad eating habits to children and children with obese parents are much more likely to be obese themselves.
I think the biggest problem is people not understanding calories though. They have no idea how much they as individuals need, they generally speaking are terrible at estimating calories and so eat much more calories than they think (usually though it can be the other way round).
I'd recommend a balanced diet that is sustainable (food they like and doesn't make them miserable or leave them feeling hungry) at a calorie deficit. That simple.