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The Reason why a Quarter of UK population are Obese

Updated on January 7, 2012

In January 2012, Statistics revelead that a quarter of UK’s population is Obese. Britain has been dubbed the fattest nation in Europe, according to Newspapers. Quite scary. However, I don’t think all fingers should be pointed at the people in the Country. Over the years, people have become bigger, children blow up faster in size, but what many don’t know is, that more dangerous chemicals are being put in our food, which affect our genes. Some bodies can deal with it, but some bodies can’t and are quick to absorb fat.

Examples of one such Chemical is MSG – (Monosodium glutamate)

Often found in fast food snacks such as Mcdonalds, Kentucky fried chicken and more. MSG is a flavour enhancer. It enhances food to the Maximum, so that customers keep coming back for more. It’s also hard to spot on food labels because it is cloaked by other products. See list below for unhealthy ingredients.

Calcium caseinate
Glutamic acid
Monopotassium glutamate
Hydrolyzed Protein
Monosodium glutamate
Natrium glutamate
Sodium caseinate
Yeast Extract

Fact: fact: when doctors need obese mice for experiments, they pump them full of MSG at a young age and let them grow up. The rats turn out to be huge.

How do we avoid / cut down on Obesity?

(We all know this, but just need to discipline our bodies to take action)

  • Eat Healthy – Cut down on Fast Foods. We don’t have to avoid them altogether, but 3 to 4 times a week is not a good idea.
  • Mind the Portions of food we eat.
  • Consume lots of Fruit and Vegetable.
  • Drink lots of water. It not only flushes toxins out of the body but keeps one full, so we are not always hungry.
  • Exercise / Walk / Ride a bike / Climb /Swim / Dance / Be active / Get moving, join me in London Olympics2012 to clap and cheer for athletes... all good exercise.
  • Detox – but do it the right way.

Ps: Don’t just take my word for MSG. For more detailed info, Visit:

In Summary - we can't point all fingers at the population and I'm sure it's the same in America. The Food industry should stop meddling with our food. It makes people get fat too quickly.

Do you check the Ingredients of food when you buy them?

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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Andromida Thanks for stopping and sharing. I guess we should eat more organic food then.


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      syras mamun 5 years ago

      A well researched hub.When people turned their face away from natural foods something unnatural is bound to occur.In fact we all are the child of our nature.Thanks.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Leni Sands

      Oh Leni... that was horrible to read about KFC, I would have thought their staff should know better. I don't eat out a lot - especially after seeing one of those documentaries in UK, where people take secret camera's into restaurants. Salads being stored in toilets, people who have to pray - washing face and feet in kitchen sink and more...

      I'll have to be extra careful.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @AlwaysExploring - Thanks for stopping Ruby. Yes, it's sad to know and I wonder how long they have been. Take Care.

      @Saddlerider - I like your advice. Organic food is better. I must check out the Oyster Sauce you noted - sounds nice. Thanks.

      @MPG Narrative - I wasn't aware Australia had the same issues. I'm glad you stopped by to share. Cheers.

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      Leni Sands 5 years ago from UK

      OMG I always check the labels but I didn't know about MSG, that is so scary - I also buy organic and we certainly do not eat out (you cannot be sure of other peoples hygiene particularly those preparing food). Years ago, on the way back from Manchester we called in at KFC, I used to love KFC, it was 5th January (not sure what year) but I headed for the ladies room and my other half head to the counter to order a KFC bucket for us to share. In the ladies, I was amazed to watch a young KFC worker walk straight from the toilet back to work without washing her hands) but thats another story. That's what put us off eating out - that and the fact the walls were smeared with faeces.

      Any way, great hub, from now I will check the labels more closely for MSG, thanks for sharing...voted up useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Marie Giunta 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Like the UK and America, Australia is also an obese nation and for the same reasons you point out in this hub Lady_E. Fresh is always best and I pack my groceries with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit but when I do buy packaged goods I do check labels, especially if I'm trying a new product.

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      I totally avoid any food that has MSG in it. Most Oriental cuisines use it liberally, I will tell the chef to use Oyster Sauce in it's place or else I won't eat at their establishment and many have no moved to Oyster Sauce. Your right about food ingredients. Every big food chain store is filled with unhealthy and often chemically induced foods. One has to shop, read and read again and again before put such foods into their bodies. Fast food chains are the biggest EVIL for shabby unhealthy food. I buy Organic as much as I can and I make sure I know it's source...Great Hub. Rated Up for awesome and useful...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I didn't know about MSG..How terrible that the food industry puts this in our food. Gluttony is an addiction..Thank's for sharing this....

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Raakachi

      I appreciate you stopping by.

      Shukriya. :)

      ** Thanks Anglnwu

      Obesity is definitely on the rise but only in Europe and America. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Obesity is on the rise and it's scary. Reading the labels is definitely a good way to help us pick healthier choices. Your pictures say it all. Thanks for sharing and rate up.

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      raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      A very good informative hub. The foods which are tastier are also endanger to our health.You just show it on limelight. Thanks for sharing with us. voted as useful.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @ChelseaCharleston - Thanks. I agree with you. The food industry needs to be regulated closely. Cheers

      @BlissfulWriter - Very good point too. Sugar is everywhere. Thanks for the note you made about sugar. I hope it encourages readers to cut down.

      @GoodLady - I am so glad you saw the MSG documentary on Rats. Even I only found out this info, just about a month ago. Such programs are very useful.


      @Tarajeyaram - You said it in 3 words. "it is alarming". These days, some 9 year olds or 10 year olds start to develop big breasts - 10 years ago, girls didn't develop their chests until they were teens. It's all down to what's in our food. I'm glad you stopped by.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      This is a growing problem in the developing nation. It is diet and lifestyle changes. It is pretty scary that growing number of children are obese. It is alarming. Thank you for writing on this topic. Voted up.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Once saw a program about MSG (the experimentation of it on rats)...the rats on MSG were enormous and the rats that were not on it were normal skinny things...very frightening.

      As you say, it is a shame this isn't public knowledge.

      Good on you for your Hub. It's so important.

      Thanks. Voting up and useful.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      The main problem is there is too much sugar in the processed foods. Sugar causes metabolic changes in the body to cause it to store fat. Yes, i look at food labels. The first thing i check is the sugar content. But usually the foods that i buy most do not have labels. They are mostly fresh fruits and vegetables and fish eggs and a little meat.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      Ya know, people are so quick to blame it on people, and to a point it's true, but it's just widespread ignorance to me. And the people manufacturing the food have got to stop it! Great hub!