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The World Cancer Research Fund has studied British spending patterns over the past 30 years.
In 2018, humans ate 56% less white bread and 32% less red meat
But pizza consumption increased by 143% and ready-made food by 100%
British consume even less white bread and red meat than they used to eat thirty years ago.
But a huge increase in fast-food and junk food consumption offset the healthy decision to cut down on fatty meat and processed bread.
To see how diets have changed since the 1980s, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) analysed government data on weekly food purchases in the UK.
It found that people consumed 56% less white bread in 2018, and 32% less pork , lamb, and beef than they did in 1992.
Britons also buy 23 per cent more fresh fruit and vegetables than they used to buy.
In that time, however, sales of ready-made meals increased by 100%, while consumption of frozen and takeaway pizza shot up 143%.
Now, 13 per cent more chocolate bars are consumed annually compared to three decades ago.
The WCRF has warned society had become ‘too dependent’ on ready meals and fast food laden with fat, sugar and calories that cause obesity and cancer.
Buying alcohol has also grown by 38 per cent since the 1990s. Drinking alcohol is strongly associated with six different types of cancer including cancer of the breast, throat and liver.
Obese people are at a higher risk of developing cancer than healthy-weight people.
Fat cells are active in the body to release hormones and electrical signals that facilitate the division and growth of cells.
Cancer is caused by an error in cell division that leads to uncontrollable multiplication and tumour build-up.
The more active a person’s cells are in their bodies, the greater the chance that one of them will rogue and cause the chain reaction.