Food labels helped family lose weight

15th April 2011 - Fine Cut

Paying attention to the printed labels on their food has helped a family in London lose weight and become healthier.

That's according to the London Evening Standard, which featured the Segbefia family's story.

It is thought that Marisa Segbefia and her two children, Terissa and Telvin, managed to become healthier simply by taking notice of what their food contained.

Marisa was worried her children would develop diabetes if they continued gaining weight, and sent her children on the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it! (MIND) course. This helped them learn how to read labels properly.

The mother-of-two told press how she thought she had been doing a good job with her children's diet, claiming: "Everyone teaches you how to go to school, how to achieve, but nobody teaches you how to eat properly."

"You think you're feeding your children healthily, but I realised it was not as healthy as I thought."

Many Brits could take a leaf out of the Segbefia family's book; as NHS.uk confirmed that keeping an eye on food labels can mean the difference between taking in too much sugar or salt, and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

The national health service concluded by offering another important piece of advice, that: "Nutrition labels can also provide information how how a particular food or drink product fits into your daily diet."

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