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Poor diet putting women's health at risk

Published on 01/06/2010
Millions of British women are risking their health by eating unhealthy junk food or embarking on fad diets, it has been claimed.

Furthermore, the problem does not seem to be confined to a single age group, but is rather spread across women in all stages of their lives.

The claims come from a review of 110 published papers covering women's health commissioned by the Health Supplements Information Service.

It found that more than half of girls aged 11 to 18 are not getting the recommended intake of vital minerals such as magnesium, which is found in fruit and vegetables.

Some 30 per cent have diets deficient in potassium, one in four do not get enough zinc, 16 per cent lack iodine and nearly half fail to consume recommended levels of iron.

While a lack of iron and the vitamin B2 were found to be a particular problem for those in the 19 to 50 age group, of particular concern was deficiency in vitamin D as this is vital for the health unborn babies in pregnant women.

The vitamin also plays an important role in the diet of older people as it helps prevent brittle bones, but only a third of women over 65 were found to be reaching the recommended daily allowance.

According to government statistics one in three women in the UK is overweight.
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2010

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