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The eatwell plate

Many people are eating more saturated fat, salt and added sugar than Government recommendations; and too little fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre. Some people are also getting below recommended levels of particular vitamins and minerals.

Diet can have a major impact on health. Consuming too many calories can result in obesity, and obesity can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart disease. The latest Health Survey for England data shows that nearly 1 in 4 adults and more than 1 in 10 children aged 2 to 10 are already obese, and this figure is rising.  

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