Overfed but undernourished
Obesity Ken Eddie, Founder and Managing Director of Nutri Advanced, explains how obesity can also mean undernourishment, and how to redress the balance.
Research shows that, by 2030, around 50% of UK adults could be obese. What is driving this trend?
The Western diet is typically low in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, yet includes high levels of refined, processed and sugary foods.
This creates a paradox where many people eat a high calorie diet but consume few essential nutrients. Alongside weight issues, the lack of nutrition can have wider health implications, from tiredness and lower moods to dental and immune system complications.
In addition, people are tending to lead more sedentary lifestyles and are less active, subsequently buring fewer calories.
I eat a balanced diet – am I getting all of my nutrients?
“In an ideal world, all our nutrients would come from a well-balanced diet. However, various influences have changed the nutrient levels of our food including soil quality, intensive farming and food processing.
It is now widely accepted that soil quality is declining. The use of pesticides, for example, can destroy organisms that provide nutrients to plants, so the levels of nutrients we would usually associate with certain vegetables could be far lower. Intensive modern farming efforts with nitrogen-based fertilisers can produce larger crops, but these are actually lower in nutrients. Unfortunately, food-processing techniques often reduce, or remove, nutritional value too.
Alongside a decline in the nutritional quality of many supermarket food products, having the knowledge of what constitutes a balanced diet and ensuring we consume our required nutrients, isn’t as straight forward as people might think.”
What can doctors do to help patients struggling with obesity?
“Unfortunately, doctors receive limited training on nutrition despite it being a crucial aspect of healthy living.
My suggestion would be to see a qualified nutritionist who specialises in weight management, to help put together a personal balanced diet and lifestyle plan.”
What supplements are available for weight management?
“Look for supplements that provide high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals with low calories. Powdered supplements, for example, can be mixed with water or juice to provide an alternative to calorific meals or snacks without compromising nutritional intake.
However, not all supplements are made to the same standard. The very best are rigorously researched and provide high-quality ingredients in the right potency and body-ready forms that are well absorbed.
There are also weight management programmes available that usually consist of 30 days’ worth of supplements. Programmes are great for breaking eating habits as they encourage people to change their lifestyles and form new, healthier eating routines.”
Any other supplement advice for obese clients?
“Supplements need to be considered as a component to healthy weight loss alongside lifestyle changes.
Supplements are just a piece in a puzzle that includes regular exercise, a healthy sleep pattern, low stress levels and a balanced diet. Seek the advice of a nutritionist and develop a personal plan, because everyone is different.
My advice for anyone struggling with maintaining good nutritional intake is to source a high-quality daily multivitamin to supplement your diet.”
Nutri Advanced has been challenging the conventions of mainstream medicine, offering cutting edge nutritional supplements and providing an unrivalled level of customer support for over 35 years, positioning itself as a pioneer in the nutrition field.