Millions of British women on dangerous diets
Millions of British women have potentially dangerous diets ranging from teenage girls missing out on healthy food to pensioners not getting their vitamins it is claimed.
Health experts pulled together the results of 110 separate scientific and medical research studies to paint a worrying picture of what the UK’s female population eats.
Not only are women in the prime of their lives not getting the right amount of nutrition, which in turn can affect the weight of newborn babies too, but the poor diet extends across all age groups.
The review, commissioned by the independent body Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) discovered a lack of balanced meals in a nation hooked on junk food or obsessed with eating fads. Dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton and researcher Dr Emma Derbyshire of Manchester Metropolitan University reviewed 110 published papers covering women’s health for the journal Nutritian Bulletin.
They discovered that even at school age, more than half of girls aged 11-18 to not get the recommended intake of such minerals as magnesium, found in fruit and veg to increase energy.
One in four were not getting enough zinc, 30 per cent were lacking potassium, 16 per cent were deficient in iodine and almost half failed to reach recommended levels of iron in their diet.
Between the ages of 19 to 50, 20 per cent of women were still not getting enough iron, vital for the production of healthy red blood cells, and 11 per cent had a deficiency in the vitamin B2.
In particular there was a worrying lack of vitamin D among this child-bearing age group as this is the vitamin pregnant women need to strengthen a baby’s bones and reduce the risk of an underweight birth.
Up to 80 per cent of adult women get less than the amount recommended by EU health organisatons.
Even as they get older and are not constrained by the time pressures of work or bringing up children the diets of women do not become much better.
People aged over 65 need more vitamin D in their diet to prevent brittle bones but only a third of women in this age group meet their recommended daily levels, said the HSIS collective research.
Women need to make better dietary choices to ensure that they consume enough vitamins and minerals and, thus, safeguard their health. As a result, those women missing out on vital daily vitamins and minerals, should supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin. In addition, those not consuming 2 portions of fish a week, one of which should be an oily fish, should take a fish oil and Omega 3 supplement. ”
The report blamed a variety of factors from busy lives to a lack of cooking skills for the lack of key ingredients in a daily diet and called for more awareness of fortified foods and vitamin and mineral supplements to make up for this loss.
Tags: Health Direct, obese, preventable crisis, weight loss