Odds stacked against a healthy lifestyle
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.
Steve Dalligan, Wheeldon Avenue,