Health and wellbeing Food and healthy eating

Healthy eating

Food is essential to life and a major influence on health and general wellbeing. Eating a balanced, nutritious and safe diet is vital for physical and mental wellbeing, and protects against many diseases throughout life.

A diet high in fat and sugar is behind many serious illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is responsible for an increasing proportion of ill health and increasing rates of obesity. It is important that everyone has the correct information about food to give them and their family a balanced diet. 

For information about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle, see the NHS Live Well Guide.

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