Not Saussure

September 8, 2006

Life is bad for you, apparently…

Filed under: Panic, press, UK — notsaussure @ 4:55 pm

The fast pace of modern life is the biggest health worry, a survey says. The public cited lack of exercise, lack of sleep, fatigue and stress in their top five concerns with passive smoking and drinking much lower down the chart.

BBC NEWS | Health | Modern life ‘biggest health fear’

This will come as no surprise to readers of the Daily Mail. For some time now, Anorak — which provides a very useful health service by reading and summarising the papers in its own characteristic style, thus saving us the stress of reading them ourselves, has provided a special section, Daily Wail. As Anorak put it,

EVERY day of every week the Mail thinks up imaginative ways to remind you that life is cruel and you are going to experience pain and die. And if it can’t think any up, it looks at scientific research.Here is a selection of things that will kill you and yours from last week’s paper of doom…

This week it was increased risks of heart attacks for snorers plus “I was hit by Parkinson;s at eighteen” and “Are your arteries 40 years older than you?” (Tuesday); “Binge drinking booms in the affluent areas” (or, as Anorak puts it, ‘Rich people spend more on drink shocker!’) (Wednesday); “Families can’t stop doctors taking organs”, “Don’t fly off the handle if you want to keep the years at bay”, “The deadly downgrade – Deaths from drugs have soared since Labour eased the law against cannabis”, “Round clock drinkers are hogging the ambulances” and “WHY ARE WE ARGUING NOW?” (no, a health story, not the Labour Party) on Thursday; and, today,

THE TERRIBLE PRICE I’M PAYING FOR TEENAGE SEX. Chlamydia is now such an epidemic that Boots is to sell home testing kits. Here one women revels how this ‘silent disease cost her the chance of motherhood – and destroyed her marriage”

and

“Danger for motorists fuelled with fast food” – RAC warns that the fizz and fat served at service stations can make drivers feel “tired, hungry and unable to concentrate”

Hmm. As the survey on stress puts it,

“This has obvious health implications, but it is also important to recognise that we are bombarded by so much news that sometimes our perception of things does not mirror reality.”

It is easy to build the issue up as “more of a problem” than it is also, she added.

BBC NEWS | Health | Modern life ‘biggest health fear’

Though I think that sound advice probably doesn’t apply if you’re a senior member of the government at the moment.

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