The Olympics are a chance to transform the nation's lifestyle - Guardian
"The marathon story is uplifting because it symbolises our urge for self-improvement, open to anyone from any background, fit or unfit. But of course it's a minority who run - a small minority in two senses. The wider picture is that we British are getting unfitter and fatter. Obesity is soaring. Just over a decade ago, 16% of women and 13% of men were obese. Bad enough, but by 2005 the figures were much higher: nearly a quarter of women and 22% of men. Among kids, there has been a similar jump. Just under a fifth of boys and girls are now considered obese.
So what else, apart from marathon running might really make a difference on a national scale? To change the country's attitude to sport will take more than a bit of government finger-wagging now. It will need something big.
That exists already, of course. It is the London Olympics of 2012, the subject of national celebration two years ago but already buried as a good news story by an unending stream of grim tales of soaring costs, terrorism fears and fighting about who will pay."
Pious hopes - but only hopes... - Obesity is not caused by inactivity and is not lessened by taking more exercise. - Read the evidence here: Exercise has little effect on childhood weight
Obesity is caused by fluid retention and can be lessened by reducing salt/sodium intake and eating plenty of potassium-rich food like fruit and fresh vegetables.
Lose weight by eating less salt! Go on! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!
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