Low fat diet bad for your health

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

Alow-fat diet does not stop obe­sity and can even dam­age health, ex perts have claimed. A damn­ing re­port in­sisted -of­fi­cial ad­vice to avoid fatty meat and dairy is wrong and warned peo­ple just end up hun­gry and snack on more dan­ger­ous sug­ary foods in­stead.

For decades we’ve been told to cut down on the fat to avoid be­com­ing -over­weight and pre­vent heart at­tacks. But a group of ex­perts has sen­sa­tion­ally now claimed that govern­ment ad­vice is use­less in the war on obe­sity and could even dam­age our health rather than help it.

Sci­en­tists in­sist peo­ple are left so hun­gry from low-fat di­ets they end up snack­ing on food high in dan­ger­ous sug­ars that can spark di­a­betes and heart prob­lems. The warn­ing came from The Na­tional Obe­sity Fo­rum and the Pub­lic Health Col­lab­o­ra­tion. But crit­ics have ac-cused the groups of putting the health of mil­lions at risk with the new -guide­lines that they in­sist are danger­ously mis­lead­ing.

A damn­ing re­port by the NOF and PHC claims “eat­ing fat does not make you fat” or cause heart at­tacks. They called for a re­turn to “whole foods” such as meat, fish and dairy, as well as high-fat healthy foods. And the au­thors even claim full-fat dairy – in­clud­ing milk, yo­ghurt and cheese – can help with weight loss and pro­tect the heart.

Call­ing for a ma­jor over­haul of di­etary guide­lines, the re­port warns peo­ple on low-fat, low-choles­terol di­ets end up snack­ing be­tween meals. Con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Aseem Mal­ho­tra said Pub­lic Health Eng­land di­etary guide­lines pro­mot­ing low-fat meals have been a dis­as­ter that has cre­ated “a meta­bolic time­bomb”. He added: “It is per­haps the big­gest mis­take in mod­ern med­i­cal his­tory re­sult­ing in dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for pub­lic health.

“We must ur­gently change the mes­sage to the pub­lic to re­verse obe­sity and Type 2 di­a­betes.” Na­tional Obe­sity Fo­rum chair­man Pro­fes­sor David Haslam said: “Cur­rent ef­forts have failed, the proof be­ing that obe­sity lev­els are higher than they have ever been. The guide­lines sug­gest­ing high car­bo­hy­drate, low-fat di­ets are the univer­sal pana-cea are deeply flawed.

“Fig­ures show no chance of re­duc­ing de­spite the best ef­forts of govern­ment.”

Pro­fes­sor Iain Broom, from Robert Gor­don Univer­sity, Aberdeen, added: “For al­most 40 years we have been sub-jected to an un­con­trolled global ex­per­i­ment that has gone dras­ti­cally wrong.”

The NOF and PHC re­port urged Brits to ig­nore the of­fi­cial govern­ment ad­vice and stop count­ing calo­ries.

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