Britain has one of the worst records for coronary heart disease in the world and much of the blame lies with the high fat diet which causes furring up of arteries. In this World in Action report new research is examined which suggests that the damage damage caused by a bad diet during childhood maybe irreversible. Doctors recommend that the fat content of a meal should not contribute more than 30% of our energy need. Yet amongst schoolchildren in Britain, meals with 50% fat content are common. Schools find it hard to steer children away from chips, burgers and crisps, even when there are alternatives on offer. Some Edinburgh teenagers prefer chips cooked in beef dripping with an energy from fat content analysed at 83%. The film-makers were unable to obtain a comment from burger consessionaires or crisp manufacturers about this alarming state of affairs.
This film made in 1984 reflects the medical understanding of the time it was made and may not reflect modern procedures. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical use.
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