Fats forwards – exploring the use of fats in our foods, today and beyond.

A report published by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on the role of saturated fats in health concluded there's no need to change current advice; we should be following dietary patterns that are lower in saturated fats, and opting for foods that have a higher proportion of  unsaturated fats.

Food manufacturers, suppliers and caterers have a particular responsibility in helping people to do this, but how can they lower saturated fats within the food chain, and what implications may this have for health?

The Obesity Series

The NSTA's obesity series provides a more in-depth overview of the increasing issue of obesity not only in the UK, but globally. This 6 part series provides an opportunity to hear from leading experts in their respective areas of obesity research. From childhood obesity, through to the effects of obesity on ageing, whilst also debating whether society or the individual is responsible for the issue of obesity, and essentially what needs to be done to reduce the increasing prevalence including lectures from: 

Obesity and the ageing brain: what are the risks?

The relationship between obesity and cognitive function is becoming clearer. Mid-life obesity has been cited as a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia in later life and this risk is reported to be independent of comorbidities. Obesity is however, associated with many comorbidities known to adversely impact cognitive function such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, and insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes has been associated with impairments across a wide range of cognitive domains.

Obesity world-wide. What can be done, and where does responsibility lie – with individuals or society?

Increasing prevalence of obesity is a global issue. Flow-on consequences are significant and multi-sector, with a current example being the worse health outcomes of COVID-19 infection in obese individuals.

Multiple approaches to reduce obesity have been considered, trialed and/or implemented with variable success. Unfortunately, there is limited evidence of overall impact of these approaches to reduce rates of obesity.

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