Courtesy of the Telegraph, I give you: Britons ‘healthier in medieval times’
Any child can tell you that such a statement is just stupidly wrong, wrong, wrong. I only clicked the link to find out how the journalist/editor/headline writer could possibly convince him or herself that such an insipid thing is true. I’ll save you the same trouble and tell you that it’s because a PHARMACY CHAIN cracked open a history book and found that 16th century Britons who were extraordinarily wealthy were able to afford a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish, which is — surprise! — more healthful than a SuperSized Happy Fat Meal (or whatever). So that’s what makes them “healthier” than today’s Briton.
Oh, never mind the fact that even wealthy 16th century Londoners tended to live to the ripe old age of 35 (25 if you’re poor and on a slightly less “healthy” diet). Never mind about the lack of sanitary living conditions, the rampant spread of disease (anyone ever hear of the PLAGUE?), the horrific state of the medical industry, and the fact that not going to the doctor gave you a better chance of surviving until tomorrow.
Yes, those truly were the years of the hale and hearty.