The award-winning Lasan Restaurant in Birmingham are the winners of The F Word aired on Channel 4 on the 7th January 2010. The University of Warwick teamed up with Lasan in 2008 to create Spice for Life, an ebook of delicious and healthy South Asian recipes.
Obesity and diabetes expert Professr Sudesh Kumar of Warwick Medical School developed the recipes with award winning Lasan chef Aktar Islam for the recipe book entitled ‘Spice for Life’. The book offers healthier versions of classic South Asian dishes and was distributed free of charge through GP surgeries and community centres.
Professor Kumar’s research carried out at Warwick Medical School has focused on UK levels of obesity and obesity-related diseases. There has been a dramatic increase in prevalence of diabetes in people of South Asian origin and they are four to five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than Europeans. A high-fat diet is thought to be one of the major contributors to increasing obesity and obesity-related diseases among South Asians.
Prof Kumar said “We all know that obesity is now a major problem in the UK. Currently, it is a major focus of research in Warwick Medical School.
He added “If we all took a few simple steps to reduce portion sizes, eat a little less salt, sugar and fat (oil) and made it a point to be a bit more physically active this will go a long way in containing this obesity epidemic. What all of us have to now do is to change our habits so that we incorporate these healthy habits as part of our daily routine.”
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Watch a video about Prof Sudesh Kumar's research below.