Fad Diets Increase Osteoporosis Risks

It’s not news that fad diets are bad for one’s health but what is news is that they can also increase one’s chances of being stricken with osteoporosis in later life.  What happens is, is that when there is such an omission of various vital food groups, the bones will thin.  And that is exactly what’s been going on, as, according to recent research (detailed in a recent Daily Mail article), “three in ten women are so desperate to lose weight that they are cutting out entire food groups.”

Poor Diets: Poor Health

A poll was taken of 4,500 British women.  In it, a staggering 30 percent admitted to taking certain types of food completely out of their diets in an attempt to slim down.  Cheese is rejected and 11 percent are rejecting the whole range of dairy products.  This of course is entirely problematic due to the fortification of calcium such products come with, especially since such individuals are also cutting out bread that is also a big source of calcium.

Osteoporosis Risks

If one doesn’t eat well and build up calcium before the age of 35, this increases the risk of osteoporosis later on in life – a condition that impacts three million Britons as well as the result of over 230,000 broken bones per year.  While obesity is of course a huge concern, according to consultant nutritionist Fiona Hunter, women should not “value short-term slimness over long-term health.”  Lose weight for sure, but don’t do so by cutting out all-important food groups.

Desperate Dieters

It seems that the biggest problem of these desperate dieters is that rather than looking at all the content in food labels, they are just focusing on calorie and fat elements and using that information to make their food choices.  But data such as protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, vitamins etc., is being ignored.  According to the Food Standard Agency, adults need to be getting 700mg of calcium per day via a balanced diet.