Victorians had robust health

How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died

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.

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AK says March 22, 2013

I skimmed through it and there are many very elementary mistakes. E.g.,

Victorian contemporary sources reveal that life expectancy for adults in the mid-Victorian period was almost exactly what it is today. At 65, men could expect another ten years of life; and women another eight [24,32,33] (the lower figure for women reflects the high danger of death in childbirth, mainly from causes unrelated to malnutrition).

In 2009, the average life expectancy for men at the age of 65 was 17.92 years (Human Mortality Database), and 20.59 for women. Not even close.

Also, needless to say, citing the risks of childbirth to explain why Victorian women at the age of 65 had a lower LE than men is bizarre.

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Morris says March 22, 2013

Do you not read the papers before posting? This is total nonsense and reflects on your judgement.

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