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Health bodies slammed for 'disastrous' dietary advice

By Jane Kirby

Published 23/05/2016

Urging people to follow low fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a health charity has warned
Urging people to follow low fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a health charity has warned

Urging people to follow low fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having "disastrous health consequences", a health charity has warned.

In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration called for a "major overhaul" of current dietary guidelines.

They say the focus on low fat diets is failing to address the UK's obesity crisis, while snacking between meals is making people fat. Instead, they call for a return to "whole foods" such as meat, fish and dairy, as well as high fat healthy foods including avocados, arguing that "eating fat does not make you fat".

The report - which has caused a huge backlash amongst the scientific community - argues that saturated fat does not cause heart disease while full fat diary can protect the heart.

The report's authors also argue that the science of food has also been "corrupted by commercial influences".

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