Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Oh I don't like to be beside the seaside
Seaside poor health overlooked, warns Whitty
A national strategy is needed to tackle poor health and lower life expectancy in seaside towns, a report from England's chief medical officer says.
Chris Whitty says these places might have natural beauty but suffer from high rates of serious illnesses.
Don't retire to the seaside seems to be the message. But wait...
Asthma was one of the few health problems less common on the coast - and Prof Whitty pointed to the "paradox" of ill health in seaside towns when there were so many natural advantages - such as lower pollution and better access to healthy outside spaces.
So when pollution is used as a convenient scapegoat for poor health, we should take it with a pinch of salt substitute. These issues are complex of course and cause and effect do seem to be peculiarly elusive. And yet...
It is telling how often are the bastards lying again? is a good preliminary question whenever we are lectured by officialdom.