All posts tagged: modern malnutrition

Happy Endings? Nailing the Culprit

  Populations that eat a Western diet consistently develop high rates of chronic diseases. What remains subject to debate is exactly what about this diet makes it so lethal?  Michael Pollan: Cooked a Natural History of Transformation. Miss Mapelle, an elderly amateur sleuth living in a quiet village in the Shires and concerned for the health of the children in her local community has been conducting her own investigations into the killer in our food. She has shown the findings of her investigations to  the local Chief Inspector and persuaded him to gather all the usual suspects together in the drawing room of her modest manor house. It is a pleasant room with sun filtering in through the sash windows. After decades of uncertainty, after a long, harrowing journey through the food of darkness, after a  sleepless night in the subterranean halogen-lit laboratory it is a relief to see the  sash-windows open through wich a gentle breeze blows adding some much needed fresh air. The butler has just served tea. All the usual, traditional, suspects are present – meat, …

MODERN MALNUTRITION

For the everyday cook time is nutrition. For the industrial cook time is money. Few can dispute that Europe, like so many other global regions, is facing an unprecedented rise in chronic food related diseases. What Europeans, like many other populations both in the developed and developing world, are beginning to fear and become increasingly affected by is the rise in cardio-vascular disease, hyper-tension, food related cancers, diabetes and obesity. Consider these statements: Worldwide obesity rates have almost doubled since 1980. The epidemic of diabetes, which is closely associated with obesity and urbanization, has skyrocketed in rich and poor countries alike. This is a world in which more than 40 million pre-school children are obese or overweight. Dr Margaret Chan, Director of World Health Organisation, 2011. Of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, or 63%, were due to NCDs, principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. WHO, Global status report on non-communicable diseases 2010. According to the data, the absolute number of diabetics in the EU-27 will rise from approximately 33 …