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How Not To Die By Your Friendly State Overseer

Eat less red meat, Government scientists warn - Telegraph
The recommendations will follow the publication of a full report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, which is due within days. The findings are expected to echo the committee's draft report, which found that lower consumption of both red and processed meat would probably reduce the risk of bowel cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in Britain.


Looks like the rate is plummeting already - see the excellent Mortality Trends for more slicing and dicing of the actual data - for instance the female equivalent graph which shows the same.
So this is a campaign that will be a success, triples all round as the further fall in figures proves that the prodnose intervention was worthwhile as it saved lives.


Is it just me, or does the Scottish one look like a hockey stick in reverse?

"Last week, a report by the British Nutrition Foundation, partly funded by the British Pig Executive and the English Beef and Lamb Executive, said there was no evidence of any link between average red meat consumption levels and cancer, and that research connecting meat-eating with cardiovascular disease was inconclusive."


Dear Englishman,
It seems that this piece may have it's heart in a report commissioned by Friends of the Earth:

"... Oxford University's heart unit analysed the health consequences of a range of diets, concluding that eating meat no more than three times a week would prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from strokes each year, saving the NHS £1.2bn. ...

Friends of the Earth, which commissioned the research for its Healthy Planet Eating report, published today, said reducing meat consumption would also help slow the rates of climate change and deforestation. ...

The former Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, has urged the public to eat less meat, saying in a 2010 report: "Our diet is warming the planet. It is also damaging our health." He calculated that cutting consumption by 30 per cent would prevent 18,000 premature deaths a year. ...

Oxford University assessed what would happen if the fall were steeper – from the current average of 177g of meat and dairy a day to 70g or 31g, well below the World Health Organisation's recommended 160g. It estimated that 70g a day would prevent 32,352 early deaths a year and 31g – eating meat moderately no more than two or three times a week – would prevent 45,361 deaths. ..."


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