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Football Fans in Training: from sofa to stadium

2 Jul 2014

(Image credit: University of Glasgow)

(Image copyright: University of Glasgow)

As we get older, it’s easy to fall into the habit of watching sport rather than playing it. Dr Chris Bunn from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing tells us about the Football Fans in Training programme which is helping men get back into playing the beautiful game ― and losing weight in the process.

Since Italia ’90 and Gazza’s tears, the spectacle of two national teams passionately doing battle for football’s ultimate bragging right has never failed to capture my imagination.

As a youngster, the sedentary hours spent watching World Cup games were always offset by the hours spent playing football at parks, in training sessions, on the playground and in competitive matches. But as I’ve aged, I’ve found my passion for watching the beautiful game now outstrips the capacity for playing it.

Whilst I keep as active as my life allows, I have to take care not to fall into the trap that many men succumb to: that of the eternal spectator. [...]

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Revealing the ‘icebergs’ of disease

18 Oct 2012

Vittal Katikireddi

Vittal Katikireddi

Research published today by researchers at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit has found that the mental health of many people in England has worsened since the onset of the recession in 2008. Here Vittal Katikireddi, lead author of the research, tells us why using surveys to study the health of the general population like this can reveal the disease ‘icebergs’ lurking beneath the surface.

Why bother looking at the mental health of the general population? Surely, when trying to assess the impact of an event, such as a recession, on mental health, we should only focus on the number of people who are suffering from severe mental distress or the rates of suicides? I hope to convince you otherwise.

The research we’re publishing today is based on the Health Survey for England, conducted each year between 1991 and 2010. It shows that the mental health in England has declined since the onset of the recession, particularly in men. [...]

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