French people eat less and less fruits and vegetables

The French National Programme for Nutrition and Health (Plan National Nutrition Santé, PNNS) was launched in 2001. One of its aims is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially as they bring vitamins and fibres and have positive effects against chronic pathologies. A recent study from the CREDOC – a French research centre for the study and observation of life conditions – show that these recommendations are less and less followed concerning the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Indeed, today, the youngest generations of French people consume 4 times less fruits and vegetables than their grand-parents. This evolution is explained by the urban ways of life that lead to the consumption of prepared and more practical products, and more often outside home.  The time spent on cooking and eating has also diminished. The low consumption of fruits and vegetables increases faster among qualified people. As a consequence, there are less and less differences according to the social background, but towards generalized bad nutritional habits. Today, only ¼ of the French people reach the target of consuming 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

Given these worrying results, the CREDOC calls for adapted and targeted public policies. By promoting nutritional recommendations validated by the PNNS towards its two target groups, employees and restaurants, the FOOD programme contributes to raise the awareness of the French population on healthy eating.

To know more, please consult the CREDOC’s report.

 

août 21, 2017   No Comments

Obesity keeps on rising worldwide

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, about one third of the world population, including adults and children, is today overweight or obese. Among them, 10% are obese.

The study authors looked at data from people in 195 countries and territories from 1980 through 2015. The study found that obesity rates have doubled in 70 countries since 1980, and that the rate of childhood obesity has constantly increased in many countries. Greater access to fast food, larger portion sizes and ubiquitous processed food are the main factors to have contributed to this epidemic.

Obesity is a risk factor for numerous health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, respiratory problems, major cancers and more. The study calls for the need for continued focus on surveillance of BMI (Body Mass Index) and identification, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address this problem.

9 years after the FOOD project was launched, obesity is still a serious public health concern worldwide. The 26 partners taking part to the FOOD programme are committed to disseminate nutritional recommendations and good practices towards two target groups, employees and restaurants, therefore contributing to fight against this rising obesity trend.

Source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

juin 15, 2017   No Comments