Could “rational thinking” solve the nation’s weight problems?
Glance at any photo taken during or after the Second World War and you’ll rarely see a chubby-cheeked cherub gazing out at you. And there’s an easy explanation for this: war rationing meant that people simply didn’t have the opportunity to overeat.
This simple truth has recently led author Philip Pullman to advocate WWII-style rationing in an attempt to curb the excesses of a society that is piling on the pounds at a rate unprecedented in history. He also cites the environmental benefits that could be achieved simultaneously thanks to reduced emissions and packaging.
Terry Charman, a historian at the Imperial War Museum organised the museum’s recent Ministry of Food Exhibition and explained that during the war “Many of the foodstuffs that bring about obesity were in short supply”, thus making it easy for the nation to avoid gaining weight.
The giant calorie-generating machine that is the food industry is hardly likely to countenance a move towards rationing – and there would no doubt be a public outcry were the government to make noises about re-introducing ration books.
However, there’s no doubt that we as individuals have to look at our own lifestyle with a critical eye and see if there are changes we can make to our diet and activity levels to protect our own long-term health.
Weekends away at one of the UK’s leading spa resorts will give you a true taste of the good life – what’s more you’ll find it surprisingly enjoyable and de-stressing.
This spring could see you and a few like-minded friends cycling or spinning your way towards a new, lighter, healthier physique. Or, if wheels aren’t your thing, you can walk or dance the hours away to your heart’s content.
The spa lifestyle is perfect example of good living that can still be pleasant – for a glance at the menu in a spa restaurant reveals all manner of good things that we can tuck into guilt-free, provided we complement our diet with the recommended weekly exercise regime.
A generous helping of aerobic exercise, combined with sensible helpings on your dinner plate, is sure to get you on track for a healthier lifestyle – ration book or no ration book.