What is missing is an independent assessment that lays out what needs to be done, along with the costs, the effect on peoples lives,the benefits and timescale. The latter is perhaps the most important. As a nation if we embark on measures to improve the public's health it won't be achieved in one party's term in office. It would be tempting for any party to backslide and roll back under pressure the measures that may be unpopular with some voters.Jdsk wrote: ↑5 Feb 2024, 1:19pmI'd concentrate on how healthy we could be rather than any comparison with the past.francovendee wrote: ↑5 Feb 2024, 1:02pmIf the population is less healthy than it was then we need to be honest and have a truly independent inquiry on the cause.Psamathe wrote: ↑5 Feb 2024, 10:41am Interesting snip from the atricle linked to above
Which rather opens the issue highlighting how poor our governance is at actually addressing issues. Rather than raise the retirement age, why not address the "... predominantly due to preventable ill health". That addresses several issues rather than bodge that isn't really a solution.
I heard today that there is concern over the health of under 5's. Obesity, ant-vax and lack of dental care suggested as the cause.
If we could look beyond one political party using the inquiry to score points from the opposition then just maybe a plan to improve the nations health could be created. Then it would be up to the electorate to choose which party offers the best solution. We should hold their feet to the fire if they renege on promises.
We know in great detail the nature of current poor health.
We know a fair bit about what is likely to reduce the burden.
We're very bad at implementing it. And, as in another thread, most of the national policies that would make a big contribution aren't thought of as "healthcare". They include education, food, transport...
The level of mental health problems seems to be high, is there a reason for this? Pressure of modern life, poverty, drug and alcohol use or are we quicker to find and label mental issues?
I worry for people who struggle to lose weight, they should be encouraged to, certainly without shaming but at the same time it needs to be emphasised that carrying really excessive weight isn't healthy in the long term. Sure, you can be fit and fat but it may not remain this way and carrying the weight will have stressed parts of the body that will deteriorate in older age anyway so making things worse.
I carried a lot of weight in my twenties, mostly due to what I ate and the amount. I'd also started driving so stopped cycling.
Seeing my step father collapse at 54 with a heart attack shook me. He was strong, fit, but weighed over 20 stone. He wasn't above 5'-6" so obese in today's terms.
As my own father died at 47, but not from heart problems, I thought I ought to try and get a little fitter so I ate a little less and started walking whenever possible. I should mention I'm not particularly strong willed so for me it wasn't easy to say no to those extra helpings.