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Advice to Consume More Calories as Government Attempts to Combat Obesity

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New research on how much we should be eating suggests we’re not getting enough calories every day.

An advisory committee has concluded that the current guidelines on daily calorie intake, introduced 20 years ago, have been slightly under-estimated for both men and women.

The Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) suggested in 1991 that women should aim to consume 1,940 calories a day and men 2,550. However, this has now been increased to 2,179 for women and 2,605 for men.

Professor Alan Jackman. Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) that the original figures were based on a lesser amount of evidence than the latest recommendation.

However, Professor Jackman went on to say that already most adults eat more than even the new recommended daily allowance by around 10%.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley added that in order to combat the nations obesity epidemic, “people should have a pretty good sense of how many calories they are consuming.”

It is recommended that English people need to eat five billion less calories a day in order to bring the nations obesity problem down to a healthy level.

Last week David Cameron hinted at a possible ‘fat tax’ adding it it, “something we should look at.”

However, Chef Jamie Oliver dismissed the government’s lack of strategy as a ‘cop out.’ The chef stated, “Simply telling people what they already know – that they need to eat less and move more – is a complete cop out… it’s not going to get any better over the next 30 years if a clearly defined plan isn’t put into place soon.”

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