State of the Nation: dietary trends in the UK 20 years on

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In this report from the Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) leading health experts warn that the UK is sleep walking into serious illnesses from cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis to memory loss, thanks to poor diets deficient in vital nutrients. The report reveals that UK nutrient trends are set to create a very real likelihood of a surge in chronic illnesses and premature mortality. Younger people are warned that unless they improve their diets now, they face a significantly increased risk of serious health issues by the time they reach middle age, along with a reduced life expectancy.

An analysis of the UK’s two major dietary surveys – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) annual Family Food Survey and the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme (NDNS-RP), shows that intakes of several micronutrients, in particular riboflavin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium and potassium have declined over the last 20 years.