Better Nutrition – Better Health
The Association for Nutrition calls on all political parties to make nutrition-related health a key priority for the forthcoming parliament.
The cost to the NHS of diet and nutrition-related ill health and physical inactivity has been estimated at £6.7 billion a yeari, with 70,000 premature deaths being avoidable each year if nutritional guidelines for fruit, vegetable, salt, fat and sugar intake were metii.
To help individuals and families make better food and lifestyle choices we call on the next Government to commit to;
- Ensuring consistent, accurate and evidence based nutrition practice across the healthcare team, from professional to frontline worker, to improve nutrition-related health outcomes for public, patients and service users.
- Ring-fence public health funding at local authority level for the duration of the next parliament, with a clear focus on improving nutrition-related health outcomes and reducing diet-related ill health.
- Ensuring appropriate professional regulation for nutrition, alongside the current requirement for dietetics, to protect the public from unsafe practice by introducing protection of title for nutritionists.
i. Scarborough, P. et al. (2011) The economic burden of ill health due to diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and obesity in the UK: an update to 2006–07 NHS costs. J Public Health, 33 (4): 527-535
ii. Cabinet Office (2008) Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century Report by The Strategy Unit. For more information click here