Social dining makes low fat dieting 'incredibly difficult'

Over 50s wishing to maintain their health with low-fat dieting are having their eating regimes undermined by social pressures, according to the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

BDA spokeswoman Ursula Arens said that many people are finding themselves compelled to accept fatty dishes at social gatherings out of duty or embarrassment, even if their low-fat diet is due to medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or pancreatitis.

She said that out of fear of rudeness many dieters are deciding that it's "easier to just shut up and eat what's on the plate even though you are aware that it's all literally foods that are not really suitable for your diet".

A low-fat diet, combined with sufficient intake of fruit and vegetables, is seen as an integral means of fighting obesity and related illnesses.

Other methods highlighted by the BDA of reducing fat intake are to switch to low-fat milk, cutting down use of fat spread on bread and refusing deep fried foodstuffs and creamy desserts.

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