Obesity, Deliveroo and the WHO (report)

ended 06. May 2022

Apparently, the UK is going to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2030, according to a report from the World Health Organisation this week. A journalist at the Sun on Sunday is writing a piece on this, and is seeking answers to the following questions. Responses from dieticians, PTs and psychologists would be perfect.

  • Is the Deliveroo culture we now find ourselves in contributing to obesity levels? After all, there are now so many apps through which you can get a takeaway in minutes.
  • What should people be doing to control (and reduce) their weight?
  • Could the cost-of-living crisis be contributing to weight gain, as a lot of people comfort eat to ease the stress?

Any other thoughts, jot them down. Deadline is today ideally, but tomorrow AM latest.

2 responses from the Newspage community

"If eating didn't feel good we might not do it and this would have disastrous consequences for the human race. Therefore, the human body triggers the release of the feel good hormone dopamine when we eat. This then makes it more likely that we will continue to do it. From our first moments on earth this cycle of eating and comfort is established in the arms of our caregivers. However, the preoccupation with others being interested in what we are eating and how much also begins with people monitoring ounces consumed or minutes at the breast. One of the first things we can control is what to eat and how much but depending on how attuned our caregivers are will dictate whether we are allowed to develop our autonomy around eating and how used to feeling, hungry, comfortably sated, full or over full we are. It's no surprise that in a world where there can feel like such a lack of control that so many people seek to find that control through their diet either by over or undereating." "What we know is that when situations feel stressful, anxiety provoking or overwhelming that humans often seek to put a coping strategy in place. Coping strategies usually lead to either something physically changing, for example turning a tap off to stop a sink overflowing, or something chemically changing so that we don't notice the distress in the same way. Given that eating causes that flood of dopamine release then this can be where comfort or convenience eating can come in. People often respond to feelings of fatigue, exhaustion and stress by reaching for convenience foods and takeaways. When we learn to tune into our feelings and to make practical or physical changes to our lifestyle it can free us up to have a more mindful relationship with our food. This can be transformational."
"Apps like Deliveroo are decimating the UK’s collective waistline. In the good old days, people at least would often walk to buy a takeaway, so were burning some calories to get it. These days, you just need to walk to the front door and back to the sofa. Also, there was a degree of peer pressure in the queue so you'd be less likely to order everything on the menu. If people are struggling with money, which many are right now, they shouldn’t be buying their food from Deliveroo but should be making their own meals. We’re now seeing calories on menus in restaurant chains that have 250 staff+ and I'm sure Deliveroo employs a lot more people than that so why are we not seeing all restaurants on Deliveroo showing calories? When it comes to controlling weight, the age old adage applies: always focus on calories in versus calories out. If you're in a calorie deficit regularly, you will lose weight. It's that simple. And you can have days off, too, where you treat yourself, if you keep that mindset. Always be aware of calories in versus calories out."