A selelction of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 9.
MP HAS DONE A GOOD JOB FOR ME
Having read in previous letter pages some criticism of our local MP, I want to write in her support.
I’m not a Tory voter, but had an issue of importance to raise with my constituency representative. She listened attentively and discussed the matter with me for half an hour, later writing me a letter to say she was pursuing this with the relevant government department and would be back in touch.
I call that excellent constituency representation.
She is also speaking out strongly about the need to keep Suffolk courts within reasonable travelling distance of those who have to attend them. Now, will the government listen?
-- Jill Mortiboys, Stowmarket
Too much TV for children
Today’s children will live fewer years and with worse quality of life than their grandparents, because of the problems caused by obesity and passivity, as warned the president of the organizing committee of the Congress of the Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition in Spain. In the last 10 years, childhood obesity has doubled reaching 13.9 per cent in this country. Moreover, 30 per cent of obese children will remain so well into adulthood.
The comfortable habit of leaving children in front of the TV to not importune too, does a disservice to the health of children.
Two New Zealand scientists have shown that watching too much television during childhood increases the chances of being obese more directly than a poor diet or not exercising.
41 per cent of people who are overweight at 26 years of age coincides with those who spent more hours during their childhood watching television.
According to the Aladino study, also in Spain, 19.1 per cent of children aged between six and nine years are obese and 26.1 per cent are overweight.
The causes for this are lack of exercise and nutritional habits. The most serious consequence of obesity is sleep apnea. It can also cause joint and back disorders, and is the leading cause of hypertension, according to the Center for Biomedical Research Network-Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition. An obese child between 10-14 years old is 22.3 per cent more likely to remain so between 21 and 29 years than one who was not obese.
This situation can be avoided doing sports and eating well, ‘which does not mean eating less or more, but properly’, says the study.
The main problems of childhood obesity are cardiovascular and endocrine. But there is another great danger: cancer. According to a study published in the journal “Cell” overweight acts as a tumor promoter in general and particularly in the liver. Nevertheless, the US Center for Consumer Freedom launched a campaign against overweight under the slogan “Obesity: epidemic or exaggeration?”. It seems that some would deny the obvious in the fattest country in the world. The Journal of the Medical Association stated that obesity was the second cause of death in this country.
-- Clemente Ferrer, via email
CAN YOU GIVE US AN HOUR?
For many people, when the clocks go back, it means an extra hour in bed. But for those caring for a seriously ill child, that seemingly throwaway hour is incredibly precious.
I am calling on people across the country to use their extra hour when the clocks go back on October 25 to make a difference to families with a seriously ill child by backing Rainbow Trust’s Big Hour campaign.
Get your family, friends and colleagues involved in a teddy bear’s picnic, bake sale or round a golf or any activity that lasts just 60 minutes and make some lasting memories with those who matter while raising some much needed money for families in need. The campaign runs from October 19-25.
Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families with a life threatened or terminally ill child. For more information or to register your event visit www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/bighour or call 01372 220013.
Time is precious, make it count.
-- Dominic West, Actor, for Rainbow Trust
HELP US TO TARGET THIS DISEASE
As the autumn nights start to draw in, I’m writing to ask your readers to make their nights count, enjoy a few hours with their friends and family and raise vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer.
November Nights is Target Ovarian Cancer’s new fundraising and awareness campaign. Whether you choose to host a movie marathon, pamper night, a board game evening or put the match on with your friends, you can support women with ovarian cancer and their families.
Ovarian cancer can be devastating. It kills 12 women every single day in the UK and survival rates are among the worst in Europe. We urgently need to secure progress.
All the money raised by your readers will help us to make life better for women with ovarian cancer. Just £10 (the price of a cinema ticket) could give 6 newly diagnosed women a comprehensive guide to ovarian cancer, and £50 (or a meal for two) could enable 100 GPs to update their knowledge of ovarian cancer help early diagnosis.
Everyone who signs up will get a free November Night kit, which includes a game, balloons, awareness materials, a collection box and goodies to help host the night.
To sign up to November Nights visit www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/fundraising/november-nights or call the fund-raising team on 0207 923 5474.
-- Simon Taylor, Target Ovarian Cancer
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
The RSPCA West Suffolk Branch recently held two street collections in
Bury St Edmunds; the first on September 26 we took £774 and then on October 3 we took £690
The dogs had a wonderful time, saying hello and giving lots of kisses to anyone who said how beautiful they were.
The weather was good, and the people of BSE once again proved how generous they are.
Total for both days was an impressive £1,464.
Thank you all.
From the animals that this will help.
-- Rob Gray, Collection promoter