Fish and weight

Our ever-expanding waistlines are rarely out of the news these days, but it’s unsurprising when you look at the nation’s vital statistics.

The latest figures for England reveal that a massive 65 percent of men and 58 per cent of women are overweight or obese and so are putting their health at risk*.

Health experts agree that weighing too much increases the risk of a number of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, gallstones, osteoarthritis and joint and back pain, and can make us feel tired and breathless**.

The good news is, exercising regularly and eating a balanced, nutritious diet can help us manage our weight. And better still experts say this doesn’t mean doing punishing workouts in the gym or following extreme or faddy diets. Instead, they say making little changes to our diet and exercise habits can make big differences when it comes to our waistlines. And one of the easiest things we can do is eat more – rather than less – of one of the nation’s favourite foods. We’re talking fish!

Here, registered dietitian and nutritionist Juliette Kellow reveals how eating more fish as part of a balanced, varied diet could leave you reeling in the compliments about your figure…

* NHS The Information Centre for Health and Social Care/National Statistics. Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2013.

** NHS Choices. Obesity – Complications.