hospital junk food

Doctors have called for a ban on junk food in NHS hospitals, it has been reported.

At the British Medical Association’s annual conference in Edinburgh, doctors voted for a motion to sell healthier snacks after it was argued that it was wrong for hospitals to sell junk food while they are supposed to be promoting healthy eating.

Delegates at the conference urged hospitals to ban all junk food and sugary drinks.

They also called for the Department of Health and the NHS Confederation to “to ensure that all NHS premises should clearly display the health risks involved with junk food and drinks, especially in kitchen areas and on vending machines.”

Dr Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist at London’s Royal Free hospital, said: “It is appalling to observe on ward rounds patients, some of whom are not fully mobile, gorging on crisps, confectionery and sugary drinks – the very food items that may have contributed to their admissions in the first place.

“It is obscene that many hospitals continue to have high street fast-food franchises on site as well as corridors littered with vending machines selling junk food.”

Only one person opposed the ban and that was Thomas Nixon from the BMA’s junior doctors committee who said that patients should be given the choice of buying sweet treats as a snack “to cheer themselves up.”

The link between food and health is one that is not always acknowledged in the mainstream medical community – especially not when it comes to the documented cases where people have managed to cure themselves – sometimes of terminal conditions, through good nutrition alone.

Dr. Terry Wahls is a woman who should know that better than anyone. She is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in America. She also does clinical research and has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters, and papers.

In 2000, she was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. By 2003 her condition grew worse and transitioned to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Her illness and her desire to prevent herself from becoming bedridden led to her hunting for anything that might slow down her condition and eventually she drew up a list of vitamins and supplements that she could take to slow its progression. After incorporating these into her diet she was no longer confined to a wheelchair and was even able to complete an 18 mile bike ride. Her recovery is detailed in her book ‘The Wahls Protocol’.

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