We are an obese nation, so we are told. How do you size up? click here Are you just a couch potato and is is reasonable for the NHS to pay for the health implications of the overweight? Is the education system focusing on academic achievement ahead of the nations health?
Over weight - same weight as when I left school forty years ago, I walk to work - don't have a car - don't eat junk food, and have almost the same blood pressure as as when I left school. Saw a new doctor a couple of years ago and he said 'do more exercise' I walk (fast) about 10 miles a day, ride my horse for an hour most days wear the same size clothes as forty years ago and I am still overweight! At least I am consistently over weight.
Some medics are still using the BMI system to determine our obesity or otherwise. It probably works for the younger (?) person but the WHI is better for the older person. (Waist/Hips Index) A man measures his waist at navel level, his hips at hipbone level and divides hips into waist. If the result is 1.0 or less he is considered OK. If over 1.0 he should lose weight. I`m not sure about ladies as their figures differ from ours.
While we're on health issues, Lloyds Pharmacy are selling automatic electronic blood pressure monitors for £9.99. This is an enormous reduction on the norml price of these devices so, if you're concerned about you blood pressure (everyone approaching 40 and those above that age should be), might be worth considering.