Health Of The Nation





From the results of the ‘second wave’ of the Healthy Ireland Survey.

Being launched in Iveagh House, Dublin now.

*lights cigarette*


Survey: Unemployed more likely to eat ready meals than employed (Irish Times)

Pics via Healthy Ireland

19 thoughts on “Health Of The Nation

    1. Increasing Displacement

      Does that include a glass of wine with dinner at the weekend?

      Because I consider drinking going for 3/4 pints or more.

    1. ALisonT

      Full of headline grabbing rubbish, as you point out “23% smoke daily or occasionally. There’s a big difference between those two.”,
      Also there is actually no evidence that you need 5 or more fruit or veg a day, I wounder how all those Eskimos survived?
      As for binge drinking, is that something like 2 pints – its like the weekly limits which the HSE use even though the guy who came up with them admitted he only did so because politicians wanted a headline number for his report.

      1. papa p

        “Also there is actually no evidence that you need 5 or more fruit or veg a day, I wounder how all those Eskimos survived?”

        No evidence? Really?
        Actually there is plenty of evidence.

        “Here, Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

        The proof is in the results. The patients in Dr. Esselstyn’s initial study came to him with advanced coronary artery disease. Despite the aggressive treatment they received, among them bypasses and angioplasties, 5 of the original group were told by their cardiologists they had less than a year to live. Within months on Dr. Esselstyn’s program, their cholesterol levels, angina symptoms, and blood flow improved dramatically. Twelve years later 17 compliant patients had no further cardiac events. Adherent patients survived beyond twenty years free of symptoms.

        *Drop in cholesterol levels:*After 5 years on Dr. Esselstyn’s plant-based diet, the average total cholesterol levels of his research group dropped from 246 milligrams per deciliter to 137 mg/dL (Above 240 mg/dL is considered “high risk,” below 150 mg/dL is the total cholesterol level seen in cultures where heart disease is essentially nonexistent.) This is the most profound drop in cholesterol ever documented in the medical literature in a study of this type.

        *Cardiac events:*The 17 patients in the study had 49 cardiac events in the years leading up to the study, and had undergone aggressive treatment procedures. Several had multiple bypass operations. After beginning the eating plan, there were no more cardiac events in the group within a 12-year period.”

        The eskimoes are the oft-cited exception rather than the rule.
        Look at all the successful populations in history.
        The Aztecs and the Mayans – Corn based diet
        Asians – Rice based diet
        Middle-East – Wheat. Gladiators were known as the “Barley Men”
        Africa Millet and Corn

        How many fat Asians do you know?
        Yeah the ones who relocated to the west with the meat-based and high fructose corn syrup in everything.

      1. edalicious

        Probably similarly as vague as a portion of fruit and veg. I thought I was missing my 5 a day quota by miles until I picked up a small fruit pot from a shop which was apparently two portions. A portion of fruit seems to be about four grapes or a quarter of an apple

  1. Patrick Bateman

    Nanny state nonsense. Let people do what they want as long as they’re not hurting others.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Unless I’m missing something, the government isn’t forcing everyone to eat five pieces of fruit a day at gunpoint.

      Instead, they are disseminating health information to citizens who can then make better choices for themselves should they wish.

      Where is the ‘nanny state’ here?

    2. Dόn Pídgéόní

      Which would be fine if obesity related disease wasnt a burden on the health system. That does hurt people.

  2. Janet, I ate my avatar

    Be honest, the eyes don’t lie chico and the average Jo/Joanna at home looks far from healthy. Alcohol, diet and attitude to exercise needs serious work on average…truth

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