Their PICTURE is here.
Here are the surprising proportions (8.2 kg per person, per week):
- 28% starches (a lot of white stuff: bread, flour, pasta, corn flakes, crackers, etc.)
- 18% sweet foods (sugar, biscuit, chocolate, candy, etc.)
- 5% dairy (cheese, butter)
- 9% meat, fish, eggs
- 14% fruits (apples, bananas, etc.)
- 26% vegetables (beans, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, etc.)
Beverages (6.8 litres per person, per day):
- 56% milk (most of it semi-skim milk)
- 44% juices and alcohol (no soft drink is consumed)
With these proportions, I would like to point out the sugar content of a certain diet. In this case, it is relatively high (18% sweet foods). It is also important that most of the starches are in processed (white) form, which elevates insulin levels, leading to obesity over the years.
I do not have any information about the health issues of this family. I only know, from the book, that they like sweet foods and try to cut down on fat by buying low-fat products, which will not lead to low insulin levels.
The alarming fact is that obesity in Great Britain is of epidemic proportions:
- Overweight population: 63% male, 59% female.
- Obese population: 19% male, 21% female.
- Population age 20 and older with diabetes: 3.9%.
If many families have their sugar intake as high as this family, then it is not a surprise if the number of overweight people is higher than the number of normal weight population.