Dining out in a posh restaurant could put you at the same risk of diabetes as eating in a fast food outlet, it has emerged. An Australian diabetes centre has found that more and more young businesspeople are contracting the metabolic condition due to their regular intake of rich, fatty foods combined with being desk-bound for the rest of their working day.
Specialists at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne have noticed that patients are becoming younger because of a greater prevalence of obesity and a poor diet, with gourmet dining and long, corporate lunches being blamed for this. Expensive dining can mean a greater intake of meals that are as high in fat, sugar and salt and as those offered in fast food restaurants.
On top of that, there is also the popularity of TV cookery programmes that show people how to make elaborate and fat-rich dishes at home.
Neale Cohe, general manager of the Baker’s diabetes service, commented “‘People think that if they’re dining at a nice restaurant that it’s good and healthy food, but eating out is really code for eating badly. Whether it’s a fine French restaurant or McDonald’s, it’s the type of food that causes the problem.”
He added “Many of my patients will eat out three or four times a week for work and we are seeing 40-year-old businessmen who are in real trouble. To have diabetes at that age and otherwise be perfectly well with very little family history, is a really worrying thing for their future.'”

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