Diet and Nutrition in the UK: Public Health Collaboration Annual Conference 2018
Park Medical Group’s own Doctor Sanjeev attended the Public Health Collaboration Annual Conference 2018 on May 19-20, held at the Royal College of General Practitioners, London.
Dr Sanjeev with Dr Aseem Malhotra at Public Health Collaboration Conference in London, 19-20 May 2018.
Aseem is a cardiologist in Britain and a world-leading expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease.
The Public Health Collaboration is “a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decision for better public health” and is based in the United Kingdom.
The main issue that the Public Health Collaboration focusses on is obesity. As stated on their website:
In the UK 25% of adults are obese and type 2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10 years with no sign of slowing down. […]
These perilous percentages and shocking statistics have presented themselves despite the fact that as a population we are closely following the dietary advice that is being recommended to us.
Based on the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey published in 2016 by Public Health England, our total food consumption is on average 394 calories below the recommended, our total fat consumption is below the recommended 35%, we're just one portion shy of the recommended 5 fruits and vegetables a day, and lastly we're only 4g under the recommended amount of daily red meat intake.
The PHC, of course, states statistics and percentages specific to the UK, but as a Commonwealth country the information presented is also relevant to an Australian audience.
The PHC advocates that a revamp of eating habits is required to reverse the nationwide effects of obesity and subsequently, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. They state that “A complete overhaul is needed for our dietary advice based on the scientific evidence in order to improve our nation's health”.
The aim of the Public Health Collaboration is to create a new standard of public health through carefully thought-out scientific research. Their website states “our solution will be to focus initially on the root cause of the problem by simply improving the healthy eating and weight loss guidelines given by the NHS [National Health Service].” The PCH also advocates that simply spending more money on the issues at hand will not help to overcome the problems created by modern eating habits – more intentionality is required from those who in a position to influence eating decisions made by the public (namely the NHS in the United Kingdom).
Dr Sanjeev with Dr Peter Brukner at Public Health Collaboration Conference in London, 19-20 May 2018.
Peter was the former team doctor for the Australian national cricket team and the Socceroos.
In a report called “Healthy Eating Guidelines and Weight Loss Advice for the United Kingdom” the PHC suggests that minimum intakes of essential nutrients should be the goal of healthy eating guidelines for a public audience, instead of focussing on the maximum recommended intakes for maintaining optimum health:
[…] we recommend switching the focus of healthy eating guidelines from maximum amounts, which can be perceived as targets to reach, to minimum intakes of essential nutrients with no upper limits. This approach ensures everyone consumes the minimum intakes of essential nutrients and then allows for individual flexibility to maintain personal good health through real food […].
You can find out more information about PHC recommendations and guidelines for healthy eating on their website.
Book an appointment with Doctor Sanjeev at Park Medical Group to receive up to date dietary and nutritional recommendations to suit your personal health and weight loss goals.