Baffling news, dear reader, from the latest study in great British eating habits, which reveals that 34% of 4,500 people questioned claimed to be eating less than physically necessary to stay alive.
I might add that as the survey was not carried out by the Society for Psychical Research (and that is a thing), one can only assume that the 34% are either in denial, compulsive liars, or have simply failed to add up the total calorie content of six Big Macs.
Jack Winkler, emeritus professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University, has declared that the findings reveal “the skeleton in the cupboard of nutrition”. Meanwhile, there is talk of the Government issuing yet more guidelines to a population which simply eats too much and knows it perfectly well from the fact that they have to stop for a rest as they waddle to the crisp aisle.
My view on these matters is a simple one, as evidenced by my regular inspections of shopping trolleys in Tesco – offer people food, much of it rubbish, in great quantities and they will generally eat it. I realise you would never consider studying the contents of another’s trolley and judging them, but when was the last time you actually counted up a calorie?
I haven’t done it since 1976 when they were all the rage. Yet in the years since, they have been replaced by increasingly confusing food fads which have left the once informative calorie to founder in the dietary wilderness.
Hence, no one can add up a calorie anymore, and according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, people think they are eating less than in the 1970s, when all we had was a handful of gravel for breakfast and a slice of tripe for tea.
A sorry tale indeed, and evidence of all sorts of societal ills, no doubt. Now then… will you have one more little wafer?