Day 022 - 12 Sep 94 - Page 29
1 that at the moment.
3 MR. MORRIS: If we go finally to nutrition, one of these two
4 new nutrition files, nutrition file pink VI. Just before
5 I point you to the document, if I just read this out, it
6 says -- to ask for your view on it -- "There is a
7 considerable amount of evidence to suggest".
9 MR. JUSTICE BELL: No, do not ----
11 MR. MORRIS: I want to do it because ----
13 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Just pause. Do not look at the document
14 yet. Mr. Morris is going to read something. You are
15 going to look at it probably in a moment, but listen to
16 Mr. Morris first of all.
18 MR. MORRIS: "There is a considerable amount of evidence to
19 suggest that many of the diseases which are more common in
20 the western affluent world, diseases such as obesity,
21 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, some forms
22 of cancer, are related to diet". Would you agree with
23 that, "considerable amount of evidence"?
24 A. Sorry, can you read that again?
26 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Read it slowly, if he is not actually
27 looking at the document.
29 MR. MORRIS: "There is a considerable amount of evidence to
30 suggest that many of the diseases which are more common in
31 the western affluent world, such as obesity, diabetes,
32 high blood pressure, heart disease, some forms of cancer,
33 are related to diet". Do you agree with that?
34 A. Yes.
36 Q. "The typical western diet is relatively low in dietary
37 fibre and high in fat, salt and sugar. Many countries
38 have, therefore, published dietary guidelines, general
39 recommendations concerning diet which are aimed at the
40 whole population in order to prevent these diseases and to
41 promote good health." "These recommendations suggest that
42 on average people should eat more foods rich in dietary
43 fibre and less of the foods rich in fat, sugar and salt".
44 Is that all quite reasonable?
45 A. Yes.
47 Q. The first bit I read of that was that the recommendations
48 concerning diet published by -- sorry, I will read that
49 sentence again. "Many countries have, therefore, [to deal
50 with those diseases I first mentioned, including cancer],
51 published dietary guidelines, general recommendations
52 concerning diet which are aimed at the whole population in
53 order to prevent these diseases and to promote good
54 health." Would you say that is a bit strong to say that,
55 prevention of those diseases?
56 A. No, they are just stating a fact.
58 Q. That the dietary guidelines ----
59 A. That certainly countries have published guidelines
60 which, presumably, those countries believe might reduce