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Fat, tense, depressed smokers.
But then I wonder if it's different anywhere else?
People in Kensington & Chelsea:
they're also more diabetic
hilariously high incidence of CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
probably partly falls under that though.
people who are fat, tense, depressed smokers?
I bet they bung them all on Prozac, meaning they are fat, tense, depressed smokers who feel weird too.
They should get a programme for people that gets them out of the house, makes them exercise more, gives them some social contact and mental stimulation... and spend all the Prozac money on running that.
You know. Emphasize the "lifestyle problem" at the root of it rather than medicalizing the issue when there is no 'happy pill' that will help...
but they're really probably not...
I wonder what the age spread is like.
and you think the british public would pay any attention to a programme like that?
no, really. have a think about it.
When people go to the doctor about depression or chronic illness they are usually scared and looking for advice and help, so if there were a convincing case to be made for lifestyle, I think people would do it. The doctors would just have to frame it as "change what you do, or you'll probably be in the ground early. Here's how."
People don't like change and are often inherently lazy. If they can be given a pill to sort it all out rather than actually have to do anything, they'd likely go for that.
I like your optimism though!
If people read that something works or see it on TV that would help. And give it a snappy name.
12% depression, 21% smoking in chronic disease, 8.7% asthma, 9.8% obesity at my surgery.
what the hell is Atrial Fibrillation?
actually I just googled it and I think it's a dodgy ticker:
UK obesity 7.8%
Local practice obesity 22.6%
It's in the 0 centile for nearly half of those things. The only ones that are above the 4th centile are Depression and Depression Incidence.