TIPSY ROLE MODELS
Talk about your sobering news. The Independent reports on a recent survey indicating that nearly half of British children age 10 to 14 have seen their parents drunk. The survey from the group Drinkaware polled 1,000 parents and their kids and revealed that 46 per cent of the youngsters in the tween-to-teenage group had witnessed their parents under the influence of alcohol. Close to one-third said they’d seen their folks inebriated on more than one occasion, and 42 per cent of the adults confessed that their kids had seen them or their partners tipsy. On a positive note, 72 per cent of the parents said they felt confident talking to their kids about drinking.
You’ll never get in the best shape of your life pushing a vacuum cleaner. The South China Morning Post recaps a new study that dispels the public acceptance of household duties as legitimate rigorous exercise. The study from the University of Ulster focused on 4,563 adults and concluded that women and older people were most likely to list domestic physical activity as a significant portion of their daily physical activity. Surprisingly, the research indicated that those people who do the most housework were also the most overweight. “We found housework was inversely related to leanness,” said study author Marie Murphy, “which suggests either people are overestimating the amount of moderate-intensity physical activity they do through housework, or are eating too much to compensate for the amount of activity undertaken.”
THE WALKING POOR
The rich really are different from you and me. For starters, they walk more. As reported in The Montreal Gazette, recent research on transit users by McGill University found that Montrealers with a household income of less than $20,000 walked 201.51 fewer metres per day than those with household incomes of $80,000 or more. The study credited the variance to the fact that Montreal commuter trains, which take longer to reach on foot, generally tend to serve wealthier suburban neighbourhoods. The average total walking distance for transit users was 1.4 kilometres a day.
THOUGHT DU JOUR
Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Bertolt Brecht, German playwright (1898-1956)