Yesterday, at the European Parliament in Brussels, EFDD Group Member Nathan Gill MEP, hosted Dr Aseem Malhotra for a screening of his documentary “The Big Fat Fix”.
Dr Aseem Malhotra is one of the most well-known health campaigners in the UK. He writes regularly in academic medical journals and print newspapers and appears on broadcast media in his campaign against sugar and highlighting the harms of too much medicine. He has been described as “an inspiration” by British chef Jamie Oliver and has been named alongside anti-obesity activists such as Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama.
Dr Malhotra was invited by Nathan Gill MEP to present his documentary and hold a Q&A as part of Diabetes Awareness Week. Invited participants included MEPs, journalists, food industry lobbyists, administrators of the ERASMUS+ programme and members of the public.
Nathan Gill MEP said “I was diagnosed around four years ago. I have five young children and a very busy job. I want to make sure I am around to see them married. To have their own children. To be successful. After I was diagnosed the doctor told me to go on a very strict diet. At first it wasn’t easy, but I quickly adapted, and soon I started to really feel the changes. What I find so incredible is that for the majority of diabetics, their condition can actually be reversed. And for the overwhelming majority of those yet to be diagnosed, it can be prevented. All it takes is a healthy diet and lifestyle.”
Diabetes is increasing throughout the world. It is one of the greatest threats to global health today. In particular, Type 2 Diabetes, which makes up around 90% of the 2.2 million people currently diagnosed in the UK. It’s thought there could be as many as one million more people yet to be diagnosed. The number of people with diabetes is expected to double due in part to an ageing population, but most worryingly, obesity.