Today there is speculation that the government’s guidance on salt intake has been set too high. Last week there was confusing informaton on calorie intake. The week before that there was the fall out amongst the government’s advisors on the danger of various legal and illegal substances.
Bearing this in mind, can anyone be held responsible for an ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle when there is a myriad of such confusing advice and guidance? And how can resources be allocated to support those who develop conditions as a result of misleading guidance (if indeed, it is misleading)? When will come the day when someone is refused some kind of treatment and argues that they have only been living within all these varying guidelines? Will all this quantification of what constitutes a ‘good’ lifestyle and what falls outside of that create a two tier system of access to support? Should we scrap all this lifestyle guidance altogether or will it help to stave off problems in the future?