VOX POP: Is health advice bad for Britain?
PUBLISHED: 12:53 26 January 2011
Should the government keep quiet and keep the secrets to a longer life under wraps as a report predicts that 10 million people in Britain could be living beyond the age of 100?
THE Government is in a dilemma.
While it feels duty-bound to advise people to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, quit smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation, it is worrying about the costs of looking after an ever-growing ageing population.
According to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions, 10 million Britons could live to receive a telegram from the Queen.
It has been estimated that by 2066 there will be at least 507,000 people aged 100 or over, which will mean services could be overwhelmed.
With this in mind, The Midweek Herald asked readers: Do you think the Government should keep quiet about the benefits of healthy living - so not too many reach the age of 100?
Residents in Honiton felt the Government should still issue health warnings and advice.
Jean Birch, 49, said: “I think it is up to the individual to decide how they live their life.
“I think it is good that people can live longer - why not?
“If the Government didn’t tell us, they would only be asked why they didn’t tell us. It’s a no win situation.”
James Daley, 63, said: “I think, in some respects, the Government is trying to make themselves look good by issuing all these health warnings. They should keep quiet about it.
“I have known people who have smoked and they have lived until they are 90.
“I think it should be left to the individual.
“They should let people live longer - if they have the facilities for them.”
Alan Searle, 83, said: “The Government are doing the right thing.
“I think they are right to keep nagging people.
“At my age, I am used to being told what to do.
“The Government is doing the right thing and should keep doing it.”
Linda Jenkins, aged 61, said: “I think it is good to tell people what they should do.
“It is good for the Government to tell us what is healthy, so people can make their own choices.
“I think they are right to tell people, but they should advise, not preach.”
Jenny Bigmore said: “People should be able to decide the best way to live their lives.
“It is nice to have the advice. I can understand why they do it, as there has to be guidance from the Government.”
Pauline Brown, 70, said: “I think they should keep quiet.
“People don’t take much notice.
“It is all very good keeping people going, but the issue is the quality of life people have.”
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