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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
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This paper is an extended re-working of three papers published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine [1-3]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 1235-1253;
Received: 9 February 2009 / Accepted: 28 February 2009 / Published: 20 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Public health; dietary shift; degenerative disease; Victorian 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.

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