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18 February 2015 08:55
The people of Belfast are the UK's most unhealthy eaters, data suggests
Londoners eat the healthiest diets in the UK, while the residents of Belfast consume the most junk food, according to a new poll.
The survey of 2,063 adults commissioned by protein drink Upbeat found that 45% of people living in the capital of Northern Ireland admit to eating too many types of food which they are fully aware are not good for them.
This compares to just 24% of those in Brighton and Sheffield.
These two cities are in joint second place in the table of healthy eating behind London, where 87% of those polled tend to eat healthy diets including fruit and vegetables.
Serious health complaints
Eating too much fatty and sugary food can lead to a variety of serious health problems such as diabetes, and sufferers heading abroad would be wise to arrange medical travel insurance.
Among the other findings of the survey, some 22% of people between the ages of 24 and 35 say they cannot afford to buy healthy food, while 24% of those aged between 16 and 24 do not think twice about eating junk food.
Junk food excuses
The excuses the poll participants gave for eating unhealthily include the fact they work hard and earn the right (39%) and they do it when they have bad days (38%).
A little over a third (35%) often say they are too tired to make the extra effort they say it takes to cook healthy meals, while around a fifth (21%) do it while celebrating a birthday or other event.
It is important to have the willpower to select the right kinds of food every day, according to nutrition expert Dr Adam Carey.
He says good meal planning is the key to eating healthily and choosing snacks that are full of protein will keep people satisfied, and more likely to avoid less healthy foods between meals.
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