In the 1970s the UK was known as the ‘sick man of Europe’ for the state of our economy, but now, we are officially the fattest adult nation in Europe – beaten, of course, by the USA and, oddly, Egypt.
Why is this?
Simple – we don’t move much.
The Telegraph article quoted Professor Roberts who conducted the research, saying “people did not necessarily eat more than 50 years ago, but moved less because of the use of machines.”
So, the solution would seem to be more movement? Or better fitness? Or perhaps some kind of fitness?
Or perhaps we need to eat less?
The trouble, as Prof Roberts says, is that we are biologically programmed to eat but not to move.
Hence, we need to tackle both our desire to eat as well as moving more – or perhaps a little light exercise, or even a run or some weights.
Either way, we are collectively heading to more and more people being overweight and we are leaving ourselves prone to developing the illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma and so forth.
The collective outcome of too much fat is that our health bills will soar just as our governments run out of money.
The likelihood of national health budgets being stretched ever thinner means that we need to take greater responsibility for keeping fit and healthy – and that means dropping a jeans size and going to the gym or signing up with our personal trainer.