I've noticed something very striking on this site from old photographs going back to the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Namely that I can see no overweight or obese children in these pictures. They look poor, certainly, but they seem healthy and fit and strong, despite having just suffered the austerities of a world war and its aftermath of shortages.
I'm a baby boomer myself, having been born in 1947, and I don't remember any kids in my school, nor amongst my friends, who were what is now known as obsese. In fact, it's been said that my generation is probably the most healthy generation ever to have been raised in Britain because the food we ate was not processed nor pumped full of salt, sugar and preservatives. It was fresh off the shelves of the early Coop supermarkets. Rationed of course, but still wholesome.
This brings me to the question of what has gone wrong since then that fat, obese and unfit kids now seem to be the norm. Of course, at the moment, we are living longer and healthier lives than at any other time in human history, thanks to health measures implimented by successive governments. But for how much longer when our kids' diets are laced with fats, carcinogens and other lethal substances that clog up arteries and the heart?
We've seen the tragic case of the 63 stone girl from Aberdare, where it took the efforts of forty people to get her out of her house and into hospital. This was totally unheard of when I was a kid or a teenager, so is hers a physical or a psychological problem? Her case certainly reflects a growing and disturbing trend amongst our kids, which makes me worry for future generations if it continues.