A paper in The Lancet telling us that British children are becoming fat dwarves. This being something to do with Thatcher – of course – and the absence of a free school milk programme. Or capitalism, the hegemony of industrial agriculture, summat at least which must be changed.
Their evidence is that British children are becoming less fat and taller.
Britain is at risk of becoming the short man of Europe as a landmark study has revealed that UK teenagers are not growing at the same rate as those in other countries because of a poor diet.
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that the global height ranking of 19-year-old British boys and girls has worsened over the past 35 years.
Boys have fallen from 28th tallest in the world, with an average height of 176.4cm in 1985, to 39th in 2019, with an average height of 178.2cm. Meanwhile, 19-year-old girls have dropped from 42nd place, with an average height of 162.7cm, to 49th, measuring at 163.9cm.
D’ye see what they’ve done? The kidz iz getting taller. But the relative position is getting lower. That is, to the extent that height etc is about diet, other places have diets that are getting better faster than ours. Which, given that we’ve just been going through the biggest reduction in absolute poverty in the entire history of our species seems like a logical thing to have been happening.
So, by the standards these medicos are using we’re getting healthier, other people are getting healthier, this is something that needs to change.
The medical profession is going insane, isn’t it?