Britain is apparently on track to be the fattest nation in Europe by 2020, with the prediction that roughly 20million people in this country, almost 40% of adults, will be obese by 2025.
So who, or what, is to blame for this supersizing?
Well, Hannah Sutter, the author of ‘Big Fat Lies: Is Your Government Making You Fat?’, is pretty clear on her viewpoint.
“It’s not our fault [we’re getting fat],” she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. “If you look at what the government recommends we eat, which is called the Eatwell Guide, it actually encourages us to have 60% sugar each day in our diet.
“When I talk about sugar I’m not just talking about that white powdery stuff which we all know is bad for us. Unfortunately, a lot of foods turn to sugar when you eat them.
“If you eat a potato, it turns to about five spoonfuls of sugar in your body. It doesn’t taste like that, but that’s what’s actually happening.
“Our government has always been recommending to the British public that we should have 60% carbohydrates, and carbohydrates are sugar.
“If you tell your nation to spend all their time eating sugar in various different forms, guess what’s going to happen? They’re going to get fat.”