Odds stacked against a healthy lifestyle

Derby Telegraph - - LETTERS -

AS the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches, I would of­fer some cau­tion­ary words for our per­sonal well­be­ing at this time of year, and any other time come to think of it.

Not long ago there was a small piece in the Derby Tele­graph from Pub­lic Health Eng­land warn­ing of the obe­sity epi­demic, dan­gers of smok­ing, and the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

All well and good but pause for a mo­ment and con­sider how the odds are stacked against us to be able to live the rec­om­mended healthy lifestyle.

Many peo­ple eat a lot of fast food. Whether this is a healthy op­tion is an­other ar­gu­ment, but con­sider the fol­low­ing. The big chains have driv­ethru op­tions, and this does in­volve getting out of your chair and walk­ing to the car. If this is too stren­u­ous then most have de­liv­ery ser­vices. The walk­ing in­volved here is from room to room and, of course, the more fast food you have the slower you get.

It’s a sad fact that you can prob­a­bly get a pizza or a curry de­liv­ered to your home quicker than an am­bu­lance.

There are those who pre­fer to have their weekly su­per­mar­ket shop de­liv­ered, which saves all that ex­ces­sive walk­ing up and down the aisles and to and from the car.

While I’m on the sub­ject of su­per­mar­kets, why is it that sick peo­ple have to walk to the phar­macy, which is usu­ally tucked away at the back of the store, but if you want a pack of cig­a­rettes they are next to the front door?

All the ad­ver­tis­ing and in­vest­ment from our big food providers en­cour­ages us to eat more and move less. No, please don’t get up, even if you still can.

Merry Christmas.

Steve Dal­li­gan, Wheel­don Av­enue,

Derby

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