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‘English’ diet could save lives

Research shows the Welsh are not eating enough fruit and veg

Caroline Street in Cardiff: Welsh people eat less healthily than people in England

The Welsh have long been fans of a hearty meal, but new research shows we must start eating more healthily – and adopt an English diet. A study published on Thursday found that illnesses such as heart disease and some cancers could be reduced in Wales, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland, if we matched England’s eating habits.

Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, called the study a useful exercise in comparing influential differences in diet across the UK. But, she warned, an ‘English’ diet is not the final answer as a quarter of English adults are still obese.

A representative at the Welsh Government said, “Our efforts remain focused on educating people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, such as a healthy diet.”

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