'You can be clinically obese and malnourished', warns top nutritionist

'You can be clinically obese, yet malnourished', nutritionist warns of the importance of eating valuable nutrients

Busy lifestyles are turning people to quick, processed, unhealthy food

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After the 2016 Global Nutrition Report revealed that 44 per cent of countries are suffering from "very serious levels" of obesity and malnutrition, nutritionist Shona Wilkinson has warned that the choice of food we have is affecting our ability to eat healthily.

The study showed that one in three people suffer some kind of malnutrition. It claimed hundreds of overweight people have too much sugar, salt or cholesterol in their blood – meaning they are actually malnourished.

"We're overwhelmed by the amount of choice of food that we've got, and the availability of it," Wilkinson, a nutritionist from NutriCentre, told Jonny Gould and Ash. "But we're lacking [nutrients] in the soil, and then you're eating refined food, so you're stripping your food of nutrients.

"You can be clinically obese, yet malnourished, because you're just eating the calories and not the nutrients. Your body is encouraging you to eat more, so you get the nutrients but you eat the wrong things and you just become overweight."

Wilkinson believes food is affecting the way in which we live. "We have such busy lifestyles now, the whole family culture has changed. The majority of parents are now both working. They're exhausted in the evenings, they just want something quick, so what’s an ideal scenario? A ready meal.

"People tend not to eat oily fish, and it's vegetables that are really rich in nutrients, so they're the ones we should be concentrating on, especially dark green leafy vegetables.

"Less than 20 per cent of people reach [five a day]. I actually say it should be a minimum of five vegetables a day, with fruit on top."