Less food, more fat

THE amount of food we eat every day has fallen over the past 20 years despite the fact that the number of overweight people has trebled in that time. Dr Susan Jebb of MRC Human Nutrition Research said: "We are getting fatter yet we are eating less food.

"Our energy needs have fallen even more sharply, so although food intake has declined, it simply hasn't declined far enough." Her comments followed news this week that today's children risk dying before their parents because of mounting obesity.

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