Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dying young?

I’ve often heard it bandied about that the level of poor diet and lack of exercise in modern society will lead to those in young adulthood nowadays becoming the first generation in centuries to die at an earlier age than their parents.

This struck me when reading this neat juxtaposition from the ever-stimulating Raedwald. Despite all the health scares, we are continuing to live longer, and to stay healthy for longer, and demographers forecast that this trend will continue indefinitely. So you do have to wonder what is the agenda behind all the “guidelines” which put beyond the pale behaviour that has always been regarded as moderate and reasonable? Is the ultimate aim to ratchet down the popular view of “normality” to prepare the population for ever tighter restrictions on how they are allowed to live their lives?