Health and Wealth

We are constantly being told whether by radio, television, media etc that if we take today’s figures at face value there has been a large increase in the number of people over-weight, now than at any other time in the past.

For some years there has been a continual stream of media coverage trying to suggest that we the public do not do enough to eat healthy foods, or work-out (exercise) to keep our weight down. New figures released show that if nothing is done in this area of health by the year 2050 the over-weight will out-number the rest of the population here in the UK by more than 50%.

The outlook is so gloomy the Government are contemplating distributing those of us that are over-weight with free healthy food vouchers, and a cash prize for those who lose the most weight.

I use myself as an example from my last visit to my doctors nursing clinic I was told that my recommended height puts me at 7lbs. over-weight, I do try to eat healthy sometimes I have no option when my partner is on a diet. I also enjoy eating other not so healthy food. This 7lbs. over-weight has been with me for many years. I have been told over the years by my family that I must have hollow legs. I eat both healthy food, and not so healthy I never seem to increased in weight nor have I lost any either.

My partner, however, is always on a diet of some sort. She does not come into the category of obese, or clinical obese however she is over-weight. We have been married for some time, I see what my partner eats and believe me it would not feed the proverbial church mouse. Even though she eats healthy food and diets she finds it almost impossible to lose weight no matter how good the diet is or the amount of exercise she does and I am willing to bet this applies to a great number of individuals.

At this moment in time she has joined yet another program. This one is called Choosing Health she has access to a gym, an aerobics class, talks on what a portion of food is etc. the point I am trying to make here is my partner does not choose to be over-weight and like anyone that works hard to keep their weight down takes great offence when the media suggest over-weight people should do more to help themselves.

Yes I agree there are some people out there who eat anything and everything. There are also people who have medical problems, such as comfort eating, (over-active thyroid, stress, as an example) and if you fall into one of these categories my heart goes out to you. I have watched my partner on many an evening becoming upset that yet another 8 to 12-week diet and exercise has done nothing.

So what has all this got to do with vouchers. Well if you try to eat healthy food organic foods, apples, carrots etc., you will know that eating organic does not come cheap. If you happen to be on a fixed budget low paid work, disabled, unemployed etc., eating healthy on a regular basis is not an option.

I have heard some people think maybe healthy eating vouchers and a cash prize is a way of bribing people, and better used elsewhere, but for those who try to eat organic/health foods, and are on a low income I feel it would be of great benefit.