It’s crucial to keep family finances protected in case the worst happens
Early on in the year we were warned about eating toast that has been over-cooked and told we shouldn’t keep our potatoes in the fridge. When certain foods are cooked for too long, or stored at a certain temperature they can produce a chemical that scientists say can cause cancer. It reminded me of the news headlines from around 10 years ago when we were warned that eating too much bacon could cause cancer as well.
I also read recently that France has banned unlimited soft drinks. The government there is worried about the impact sugary drinks are having on younger people’s health and the number of people who are obese. No such ban is in place in this country, but I can see it happening. Remember, pre-2007 you could smoke in pubs, but looking back it’s sometimes hard to believe we were ever allowed to do that in the first place.
One other story that caught my eye was based on a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It said that child health in the UK is falling behind that of many other European countries.
The report looked at a number of health issues affecting young children. Perhaps the most startling was that in 2014 the UK had a higher infant mortality rate (3.9 per 1000 live births) than nearly all comparable Western European countries. It was also found that one in five children starting primary school in the UK are overweight or obese.
It’s a pretty concerning situation. I mean, what really is more important than the health of our children? If a child’s wellbeing is already being compromised before they’ve started school then it’s not a great start in life. This isn’t parent-bashing. I know as well as the next person how hard it can be to get some children to eat well and not be glued to the TV or a tablet for hours at a time. But we do owe it to them to try as hard as we can to keep them fit and healthy.
Clearly a lot of the issues raised in the report are potentially preventable health conditions. But there are many cases of young children becoming ill through genetics or just pure bad luck. Children can be affected by things like cerebral palsy or spina bifida – debilitating conditions which put a huge strain on entire families, both mentally and financially. I believe group protection can help.
Whether a child’s health or wellbeing is caused by poor health, diet, or serious illness, the underlying message to us all remains the same. We have a responsibility to ensure our children are given every opportunity to have an active, happy and healthy lifestyle which stands them in good stead for later years.
Given the range of headlines on health issues that we’ve seen in 2017, it looks like it could be a pretty future..