Life­style to blame for grow­ing is­sue

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IT would ap­pear lev­els of obe­sity con­tinue to rise. Per­haps we should com­pare life­styles be­tween 1955 and 1975 for the an­swers.

The ma­jor­ity of males were em­ployed in heavy in­dus­try like coal mines and ship­build­ing. Phys­i­cal work was de rigeur. The fe­male pop­u­la­tion in the main were home-based with­out the lux­ury of mod­ern ap­pli­ances to min­imise phys­i­cal ef­fort.

Chil­dren were more ac­tive out­side of the home. Food con­sump­tion was based on home cook­ing us­ing fresh pro­duce.

Walk­ing was the norm and car own­er­ship was per­haps 50 per cent less than now.

Turn­ing to 2017, heavy in­dus­try has vir­tu­ally gone. The ma­jor­ity now work in ad­min, ser­vice in­dus­tries, hi-tech call cen­tres. The vast num­ber of fe­males most cer­tainly are in that cat­e­gory.

Chil­dren’s leisure is now home-based where elec­tronic games and of course TV dom­i­nates their time.

Fast food out­lets and eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments fes­toon our town cen­tres. In my vil­lage Whick­ham there are 21 food out­lets – in 1960 there was one.

It can be ar­gued de­spite our new seden­tary life­style, we are liv­ing longer.

I would sug­gest im­proved med­i­cal treat­ment and fa­cil­i­ties are the rea­son why this is hap­pen­ing. At enor­mous cost to the health ser­vice. DEREK THOMP­SON,

Whick­ham

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