Medic stamps out junk food

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

A LO­CAL med­i­cal pro­fes­sional has joined a Novem­ber fight against un­healthy food.

Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon Nikki Stamp has signed on to the Heart Foun­da­tion WA’s No Junk Novem­ber cam­paign as an am­bas­sador.

Dr Stamp said she got be­hind the push be­cause of the im­pact food has on the hu­man heart and blood ves­sels.

“Pro­cessed foods of­ten con­tain large amounts of sugar or salt and over time they cause ir­re­versible dam­age to our in­sides,” she said. “Poor diet is usu­ally a habit we have de­vel­oped over many years.

“A good deal of my pa­tients end up with heart dis­ease in part due to their ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion but more im­por­tantly is the de­vel­op­ment of a num­ber of life­style re­lated diseases.

“The sad thing is that a lot of heart dis­ease is pre­ventable through good, sus­tain­able healthy habits.”

A spokes­woman for the Heart Foun­da­tion WA said Aus­tralian house­holds spent 58 per cent of their food bud­get on dis­cre­tionary or junk food and drink.

Those tak­ing part in No Junk Novem­ber have been asked to do­nate the money they would have spent on junk food dur­ing Novem­ber.

The Heart Foun­da­tion hopes to use the money to fund WA re­search and pre­ven­tion pro­grams. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. no­jun­knovem­

Sur­geon Nikki Stamp.

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