I read with interest this week that Wales lags only slightly behind the USA in terms of the levels of obesity in the population, and at first assumed that the rest of the UK must therefore be in a similar predicament, but discovered that in England at least the NHS is prepared to intervene sooner when someone’s health is at risk.
Nevertheless those of us in the West grow ever fatter, despite fears that the growing world population may soon be unable to feed itself. It will be interesting to see what happens as the trend for those in Chinese and India, with the economic whip hand, to eat more of a western diet. As demand grows and prices increase we may be unable to afford to eat as we do now.
Perhaps that won’t be such a bad thing, given the growing levels of heart disease and diabetes. In The Time Machine, H.G. Wells predicted a future were mankind developed into two populations, the slender and beautiful Eloi and the brutal subterranean Morlocks, who preyed on the Eloi for food. I don’t think he got it quite right.
When I first arrived on the beach this morning there were few people at the north end of the bay, so I contented myself with the seascape to begin with, though the further south I walked the more people I encountered. All were exercising in some way.
Out to sea a lone canoeist paddled rhythmically through the twinkling waters, whilst on land there were lots of walkers, runners and cross-trainers. Our population seems to be diversifying into the fat and the fit, and that being the case, I don’t see the latter falling prey to the former. They’ll struggle to catch them!
Among the dog walkers was Neil, who was out with his large boxer. Neil was lean and wiry, but his dog seemed glad of the rest as we took Neil’s photograph. Only the promise of an ice cream at the end of the walk got him moving again. The dichotomy encapsulated!