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Diabetes Risk from Dining Out

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A GOURMET meal may be as bad for you as a Big Mac, according to diabetes researchers who are alarmed at the rise in young men diagnosed with the disease.Corporate lunches and dinners at restaurants dishing up rich, fatty foods, coupled with sedentary working lives are being blamed for the trend. Dr Neale Cohen, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, said many patients were unaware meals at upmarket restaurants were often as high in fat, salt and sugar as fast food. 

''Eating out is really code for eating badly,'' Dr Cohen said. ''Whether it's a fine French restaurant or McDonald's, it's the type of food that causes the problem.'' He said doctors at the institute are seeing men as young as 40 affected by type 2 diabetes, which is often triggered by obesity and linked to poor diet. ''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.''

Dr Cohen recommends his patients only eat out once a week but said the ''MasterChef effect'' was encouraging people to re-create the elaborate dishes at home.

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Ethnic, Cultural and Special Food Pyramids

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Many countries around the world have developed their own food guidelines in various forms similar to the Healthy Food Pyramid, many of which are useful in making healthy choices when dining out.

Standard
USDA: Inside the current US food pyramid
CNPP: Original food pyramid
BWH: Comparison of the US food guide pyramid and other food guides

Ethnic/Cultural
American Dietetic Association: Comparison of international food guides
EUFIC: European dietary guidelines
Asian: The Asian food pyramid
Latin: The Latin American food pyramid
Mediterranean: The Mediterranean food pyramid
Native American: The Native American food pyramid
Spanish: The USDA food pyramid in Spanish
Arabic: The Arabic food pyramid
Chinese: The Chinese food pyramid
Cuban: The Cuban food pyramid
Indian: The Indian food pyramid by region
Mexican: The Mexican food pyramid
Portuguese: The Portuguese food pyramid
Russian: The Russian food pyramid
Thai: The Thai food pyramid
Japanese: The Japanese food guide spinning top
Singapore: The Singapore food pyramid
Canadian: The Canadian food guidelines

Special
USDA: Inside the pyramid-what is physical activity?
Keep Kids Healthy: Kid's food guide pyramid
Penn State: Preschooler's activity pyramid
University of Missouri: Nutrition and cancer food guide pyramid
Elderly Nursing: Elderly diet
Dietitians.ca: Food guide for North American vegetarians
VDH: Interactive food pyramid tracker for ages 7-10
Teen’s Health: The food guide pyramid for teens

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