Watch what you eat, not what is on TV

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A TELEVISION doctor is urging men and women across Sheffield to get calorie smart or risk serious health problems in the future.

Dr Christian Jessen spoke out about the dangers of overeating while promoting Gut Week, which runs this week until Sunday.

The event, supported by the Supersize vs Superskinny presenter, aims to highlight the importance of eating correctly and taking care of your gut.

The doctor, who offers nutritional advice on the Channel 4 show, warns that eating too much and avoiding exercise could lead to future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Dr Jessen said: “It’s very easy and tempting to eat too much food, but regularly consuming large portions can significantly increase your risk of excess weight gain, digestive problems, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

“I think many people will be shocked to learn that big portions can not only affect their waistlines, but can also cause internal health problems that may not be so clear. Dropping just a few calories per day, combined with regular exercise will significantly help over time.”

Research from Loveyourgut.com reveals that most people are confused when it comes to how many calories they should be consuming on a daily basis.

The Department of Health advises that the recommended daily calorie intake for women is 2,000 a day, and 2,500 for men, but the Loveyourgut research shows that men and women across the UK are eating up to 778 and 546 more every day respectively.

The excess eating could be down to unhealthy eating habits in the home, the research shows.

It reveals around 73 per cent of those in Sheffield eat more at home than when they are dining out, while 20 per cent have larger portions when they are in charge of serving.

Around 29 per cent also admitted to having their evening meal in front of the television, a trend which Dr Jessen says is ‘a big problem’.

He added: “This common practice of eating in front of the TV can be a big problem as you often eat a lot of food without noticing it, because you’re concentrating on your favourite programme.

“Watching what you eat doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you like - start with a few swaps and some simple changes and you’ll easily maintain a healthy weight.”