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Obesity Blamed on Food Portion Sizes
The rise in the levels of obesity, weight gain, cancer and other diseases are linked to increasingly larger sizes of food portions in the UK, according to the The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The finger was clearly pointed at the food industry, whose supersize and value offerings were pinpointed as encouraging consumers to eat more while paying less. Research from the US presented at a WCRF conference in London showed that the increasing size of food portions on offer there - sometimes two to three times more than they were a decade or so ago - were linked to rising levels of obesity and other serious ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Obesity Levels Rise in EU
According to the WCRF, food manufacturers need to be aware of the health risks entailed by attempting to win over consumers by offering them more food for less money, while the authorities should do more to highlight the threat from obesity - a risk factor for many common cancers.
The WCRF cited figures which showed that more than 70,000 new cases of cancer in the EU are linked to obesity levels each year, with a massive 9,000 of these coming in the UK alone.

Obesity & Food Industry
But the UK food industry was quick to respond to the criticisms. "The WCRF has missed its target," said Martin Paterson, deputy director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). "UK food and drink manufacturers provide many of our favorite products in a wide variety of sizes and styles to suit consumers' varied nutritional needs and tastes. This widens people's choices for building a healthy, balanced diet. Larger packs are not always consumed by one person or at one session and parents can now often choose mini products and multi packs."

Source: Food Navigator.com

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