§ Mr. Adley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the nation's health in relation to dietary matters.
§ Mr. Freeman
The nation's nutritional health can best be assured if people eat a balanced diet, not too much or too little of any food.
There is evidence that some people do not eat a balanced diet. For instance the Government accept that the current rates of cardiovascular disease might be lessened if people's intakes of fat and particularly saturated fatty acids, were to be reduced.
Further information about the national diet is emerging from the results of the dietary and nutritional survey of British adults, undertaken by OPCS in association with the Department of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which are now being analysed.