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Sarah Ferguson, 62, shares how she won her weight fight


Sarah Ferguson shared how she found "comfort in sausages" when her parents split up before she won her weight fight.

The Duchess of York made the comments as she put her support behind the government's new strategy on obesity.

The government is committed to fighting obesity to fight the coronavirus and help the NHS.

Sarah Ferguson shared how she found "comfort in sausages" when her parents split up before she won her weight fight

The campaign was launched by Boris Johnson after his battle with the coronavirus, which led him to admit that he was "too fat" in the hospital.

The Prime Minister launched the “Better Health” strategy in July and urged the nation to follow suit. The government had previously unveiled plans to ban junk food advertisements on television outside a watershed at 9 p.m.

Sarah Ferguson explained how she started eating comfortably in boarding school after blaming herself for her parents' divorce.

In The Sun she wrote: “I know what it's like to struggle with weight.

After my parents divorced when I was 12, I blamed myself thinking I was kind of responsible. I started to eat comfortably at boarding school, and I piled up the pounds just to try hard to lose them – then put them back on.

The Duchess of York said she found consolation in Essen. Here she is pictured in 1990

The Duchess of York said she found consolation in Essen. Here she is pictured in 1990

Sarah Ferguson explained how she started eating comfortably in boarding school after blaming herself for her parents' divorce. Ferguson pictured above in 1991

Sarah Ferguson explained how she started eating comfortably in boarding school after blaming herself for her parents' divorce. Ferguson pictured above in 1991

"I found solace in sausage and egg mayonnaise sandwiches."

According to the Duchess, it was a pattern that continued into her adult years.

"When my husband was at sea, the more upset I became about his absence, the more I would eat and grow," she wrote.

“My friend had turned to food and every time it got difficult I found my solution.

"The media cruelly called me the 'Duchess of Pork' which made matters worse and my weight skyrocketed."

She said she reached a point where she couldn't stand looking at herself before deciding to do something about it.

The Duchess managed to win the fight with her weight and said she never felt better at 61.

She went on to warn that obesity is one of the UK's biggest health crises and that people who are overweight are at higher risk of serious illness or death from coronavirus.

The Duchess managed to win the fight with her weight and said she never felt better at 61

The Duchess managed to win the fight with her weight and said she never felt better at 61

"Almost eight percent of critically ill patients with Covid-19 in the intensive care unit were morbidly obese, compared with 2.9 percent of the general population," she said.

It supported measures such as the abolition of buy-one-get-one-free offers for junk food as well as mandatory calorie labeling in restaurants.

She also advocated a planned watershed for junk food advertising at 9:00 p.m. after analysis of the month-long food advert on major UK TV channels between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. found that nearly 60 percent were for products high in fat, sugar and salinity were determined.

Online advertising of foods rich in fat, sugar and salt could be banned under the new government proposals.

A new consultation with the Department of Health and Social Welfare will take six weeks to try to understand the implications of introducing a complete ban on online junk food advertising.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Tuesday the six-week consultation on a total ban that would include everything from promotional emails to Google ads, with only factual information allowed on the websites of junk food companies.

However, the scope of the new plans was deemed "insane" by a think tank that warned that foods like avocados, marmit, mustard and hummus, along with fish and chips and curry, could be affected.

A total ban on online junk food ads that "could hit avocados, marmite, mustard and hummus" is proposed as part of the new state crackdown on obesity

Katie Feehan for MailOnline

Online advertisements with foods rich in fat, sugar and salt could be banned due to new government proposals.

A new consultation with the Department of Health and Social Welfare will take six weeks to try to understand the implications of introducing a complete ban on online junk food advertising.

The government is continuing its crackdown on obesity in a campaign launched by Boris Johnson after his battle with the coronavirus that led him to admit that he was "too fat" in the hospital.

The Prime Minister launched the “Better Health” strategy in July and urged the nation to follow suit. The government had previously unveiled plans to ban junk food advertisements on television outside a watershed at 9 p.m.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today announced the six-week consultation on a total ban that would include everything from promotional emails to Google ads, with only factual information allowed on the websites of junk food companies.

However, the scope of the new plans was rated "insane" by a think tank that warned that foods like avocados, marmit, mustard and hummus, along with fish and chips and curry, could be affected.

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to ban online ads for junk food as part of its efforts to combat obesity. Pictured: Boris Johnson, who announced in July that he would try to lose weight after battling Covid-19, when he urged the nation to do the same

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to ban online ads for junk food as part of its efforts to combat obesity. Pictured: Boris Johnson, who announced in July that he would try to lose weight after battling Covid-19, when he urged the nation to do the same

A think tank said under new proposals, online advertising of avocados could be banned because the fruit is high in fat, despite its different nutritional value

A think tank said under new proposals, online advertising of avocados could be banned because the fruit is high in fat, despite its different nutritional value

Under new government plans, advertising of marmit online could be banned because of its high salt content, despite other reported health benefits, including its high vitamin B12 levels

Under new government plans, advertising of marmit online could be banned because of its high salt content, despite other reported health benefits, including its high vitamin B12 levels

Food and Beverage That Government Proposals prevent businesses from promoting online

The proposed ban on junk food advertising on the Internet targets foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).

How a product is classified as HFSS has not yet been finalized.

Experts suggest the government could use the well-known traffic light system for food packaging.

The government has also developed the nutrient profile model, which uses nutritional information to calculate the quality of a product

Foods that might be considered HFSS by these methods could include:

  • Avocados
  • salmon
  • Marmite
  • mustard
  • Hummus
  • Ketchup
  • cheese
  • honey
  • Oils and dressings
  • Butter and spreads
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Chips and hearty snacks
  • Cookies
  • Some fruits
  • ice
  • Yogurt drinks

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am determined to help parents, children and families in the UK make healthier choices about their diet.

“We know that as children spend more time online, they want to be sure they are not exposed to ads promoting unhealthy foods that can affect their eating habits for life.

"This will be a world leader in addressing the challenges we are currently facing, but it will also address an issue that will only grow in importance in the future."

Research has found that one in three children dropping out of elementary school overweight or obese and nearly two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or live with obesity. It was also found that children are exposed to 15 billion ads for high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) products each year.

Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said: “It is important that we build on the world-leading anti-obesity action announced in July to ensure that our efforts to combat childhood obesity have the greatest impact.

& # 39; We have already committed to restrict HFSS advertising on TV before 9 p.m. But we also need to go further and examine how children can be influenced online and where they spend more and more time.

& # 39; This is part of a package of measures to support families. We want to help people of all ages make healthier choices. & # 39;

The move was welcomed by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), as well as Cancer Research UK.

Caroline Cerny from OHA said, “Junk food advertising works – it can successfully influence our everyday lives and our daily decisions.

"That's why food companies spend hundreds of thousands every year making sure their unhealthy products stay in the spotlight."

Jacob West of BHF added, “Ending the constant flurry of online junk food advertisements would be a huge step forward in protecting the health of everyone, especially children.

"This needs to be done quickly, along with a watershed for junk food marketing at 9pm on TV and a full range of other measures to help create a healthy environment."

Malcolm Clark, Policy Manager, Cancer Research UK, said: “An end to online junk food advertising would be a world leader in protecting the health and wellbeing of children and reducing children's risk of developing diet-related diseases later in life, including Cancer to develop.

“We know from our research that children feel that junk food marketing is specifically aimed at them, and that those with higher recall of these ads are at greater risk of becoming obese.

"Most brands that advertise unhealthy foods and beverages before 9pm are making a healthier product to advertise instead, and the food industry should use this as an opportunity to make these healthier products 'heroes'."

The plans were criticized by activists, however, and the Food and Drink Federation said it was "beggarly belief" that the industry had only six weeks to respond.

Kate Halliwell, UK Diet and Health Policy Leader, said: "It couldn't come a worse time for food and beverage manufacturers – the industry is preparing for the busiest time of the year and is working hard to feed the nation through lockdowns while we face the very real threat of a no-deal Brexit. & # 39;

A think tank has suggested that mustard could be considered an HFSS under new guidelines

A think tank has suggested that mustard could be considered an HFSS under new guidelines

Ban aims to advertise foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Pictured: a Big Mac

Ban aims to advertise foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Pictured: a Big Mac

What types of advertising might be banned under new government rules?

The proposed ban on junk food advertising on the Internet targets foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).

For example, the scope of the restriction would include, but is not limited to:

  • commercial email, commercial text messaging, and other messaging services
  • Activities by marketers in unpaid spaces, such as on their website and social media, where the marketer has editorial and / or financial control over the content
  • Online display ads in paid areas (including banner ads and pre / mid-roll video ads)
  • paid search lists; preferred listings on price comparison sites
  • viral advertising
  • paid advertising on social media channels – native content, influencers, etc.
  • In-game advertising
  • commercial classified ads
  • Advertising transmitted electronically to devices
  • Advertising distributed through web widgets
  • In-app advertising or apps for advertising
  • Advergames
  • Advertorials

Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute said, "Under the plans, you could advertise a lamb while it's undercooked, but when it's roasted, you can't."

Mr Kilcoyne said the government news was "messed up" as many of the foods celebrated by Defra's "Food Is Great" campaign – including salmon, cream teas and whiskey – were being banned from advertising in the UK.

Ad campaigns said the plans would also deal a "heavy blow" to a sector already grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

In a joint statement, the heads of the Advertising Association, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and the Internet Advertising Bureau UK said, "To borrow the Prime Minister's language, this is not an 'open-air' language. Politics; it isn't even half-baked.

"But it got all the ingredients for a kick in the teeth for our industry from a government we believed was keen to prioritize economic growth alongside targeted measures to support health and wellbeing."

It follows a government announcement in July that HFSS advertisements will be banned on television during the watershed of the day to limit exposure to children. However, this has not yet come into force.

It is believed that watching unhealthy food advertisements increases the calories children eat by creating cravings and unconsciously directing them to the pantry.

In England, one in five children between the ages of four and five and one in three children between the ages of 10 and 11 are overweight or obese.

Obese children are five times more likely than adults to be obese and at increased risk of premature death and developing a range of diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

In July, Boris Johnson urged the nation to follow suit after making a decision to lose weight after battling Covid-19. He admitted that he was "too fat" when he was hospitalized with the virus.

Hummus has been linked to a number of health benefits, including fighting inflammation, improving blood sugar control, and reducing the risk of heart disease and weight loss, but it is high in fat

Hummus has been linked to a number of health benefits including fighting inflammation, improving blood sugar control, and reducing the risk of heart disease and weight loss, but it is high in fat

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he is determined to help families make healthier choices

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he is determined to help families make healthier choices

Mr Johnson announced that since recovering from the terminal illness, he has focused on getting fitter by doing morning runs with his dog Dilyn.

He urges the nation to follow suit and insists that the government's "better health strategy" will help people "lose weight" and better protect the NHS.

His comments came when he started the government New anti-obesity strategy that outlines the end of candy displays at the cash registers and the ban on advertising high-fat, high-sugar, and high-salt foods on TV before 9 p.m.

Actions have yet to be finalized, but "buy one and get one free" offers on unhealthy foods could also be banned, while alcoholic beverages may soon have to list their caloric content.

It will stop placing sugary and greasy items in prominent locations in stores, including at checkouts and entrances, as well as online.

Instead, stores are encouraged to encourage healthier choices and offer more discounts on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

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