Buttercross, September 18, 2015: Make changes for the young

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632
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Many of us are only too aware it would be good if we were able to leave our world in a better state than it was when we were born into it.

“Some hope”, many will say. The same might be said if we turn to our country.

Here again there are so many things that appear out of our control and which could, and should, be done better. We can vote for whom we like but on many counts things do not turn out the way we would wish.

Having failed on two levels we now, importantly, move even further down the scale and look at how we manage our own lives.

At last we can achieve some success because this task is in our own hands. We are also able to give our younger people some worthwhile advice that will allow them to live happier, and healthier lives.

It is well known that we, the British, are presently the second most obese country in the world. What an indictment that is. Our present lifestyle copies somewhat that of our cousins over the Pond, and who have the edge on us concerning obesity.

As we presently live our lives there appears to be no chance of this situation changing anytime soon.

Dentists’ chairs now need to be able to support a 30 stone bodyweight and our children’s teeth rot due to consuming too much sugary drink.

Too much questionable food is consumed, and perhaps too many of us are drinking too much alcohol. We then, of course, have our smokers, many of whom unfortunately smoke in the presence of children.

All this takes its toll on our country’s general health. Also, many of us do not take enough exercise.

Good regular exercise is required to keep us healthy. The need is surely to get out of our houses more, walk more, cycle more and perhaps, on a particular topic often touched on by Buttercross, play more sport.

It was recently stated that if we lost the use of our legs, and then were not able to walk, we would be mortified. If this is the case why don’t we use them more when we are able, that is to actually appreciate their value to us ?

The NHS is under considerable pressure and it is small wonder. As a nation, we are not doing all that we should be doing.

Surely it is not beyond us to turn things around, at least for the sake of our young people.