A LOCAL medical professional has joined a November fight against unhealthy food.
Fiona Stanley Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Nikki Stamp has signed on to the Heart Foundation WA’s No Junk November campaign as an ambassador.
Dr Stamp said she got behind the push because of the impact food has on the human heart and blood vessels.
“Processed foods often contain large amounts of sugar or salt and over time they cause irreversible damage to our insides,” she said.
“Poor diet is usually a habit we have developed over many years.
“A good deal of my patients end up with heart disease in part due to their genetic predisposition but more importantly is the development of a number of lifestyle related diseases.
“The sad thing is that a lot of heart disease is preventable through good, sustainable healthy habits.”
A spokeswoman for the Heart Foundation WA said Australian households spent 58 per cent of their food budget on discretionary or junk food and drink.
Those taking part in No Junk November have been asked to donate the money they would have spent on junk food during November.
The Heart Foundation hopes to use the money to fund WA research and prevention programs.
For information visit www.nojunknovember.com.au.