Training medics in nutrition is vital if we are to overcome the current healthcare crisis. We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat, but with rising obesity levels along with lifestyle-related disease, should the medical profession be considering it more? According to the Lancet Global poor diet generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.
Despite government guidelines of five a day, just one in five of us are eating enough fruit and vegetables. As obesity rises so does the rate of preventable diseases.
Dr Aseem Malhotra cardiologist and a professor of evidence-based medicine says, ‘ The situation has become so dire with diet-related diseases such as obesity, type two diabetes and heart disease, putting so much strain on the NHS unless we tackle this head-on, we as a nation and the future of our children is doomed’.
To ensure a sustainable healthcare system we need to move away from sick care and back to health care. To survive we all need to eat and we’re simply not eating food that is good yet alone optimal for our health. Doctor’s surgeries are overloaded with patients. It’s time to help educate about healthy eating so that everyone can take control of their health themselves, leaving docotrs available to deal with medical conditions rather than lifestyle diseases. Frontline medics and healthcare practioners are ideally positioned to be educating patients but first they must educate themselves. They need to uderstand the detail of nutritonal science and be able to communicate the basics to their patients within short consultation times.
In this video, Dr Malhotra talks about the need for training medics in nutrition and Dr Claudia Pastides shares her experience in studying nutrition and putting her knowledge into practice.