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How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died
School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Department of History & Law, Nottingham Trent University, UK
This paper is an extended re-working of three papers published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine [1-3]
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Received: 9 February 2009; Accepted: 28 February 2009 / Published: 20 March 2009
Abstract: Analysis of the mid-Victorian period in the U.K. reveals that life expectancy at age 5 was as good or better than exists today, and the incidence of degenerative disease was 10% of ours. Their levels of physical activity and hence calorific intakes were approximately twice ours. They had relatively little access to alcohol and tobacco; and due to their correspondingly high intake of fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables, they consumed levels of micro- and phytonutrients at approximately ten times the levels considered normal today. This paper relates the nutritional status of the mid-Victorians to their freedom from degenerative disease; and extrapolates recommendations for the cost-effective improvement of public health today.
Keywords: Public health; dietary shift; degenerative disease; Victorian
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Clayton, P.; Rowbotham, J. How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1235-1253.
Clayton P, Rowbotham J. How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):1235-1253.
Clayton, Paul; Rowbotham, Judith. 2009. "How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 1235-1253.