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Why do a lot of people in Ireland and England look unhealthy?

I live in Ireland and i noticed a lot of people here have red blotchy discolored skin and just look overall unhealthy and the same with people in England. I'm not trying to offend anyone but it's just something i have observed and i wonder what it is that causes it?

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I have to say i couldnt help but notice that people look so unhealthy. i think the people who are ill look much better than people who are not because they seem to take more care of theirself. not only that but illness can cause depression and we have to get ourself moving and do some exercise so that we dont sink down to the depths of despair. also we come on forums like this and get so much encouragement from each other to eat well to exercise to meditate and not to bottle up our problems and feelings.we are supporting each other and that in itself goes a long long way to good mental health. many people are so inspirational on this forum.im scottish

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Could it be environmental factors such as radiation poisoning from Chernobyl, or even closer to home?

Could it be a visible symptom of metabolic syndrome, which is rife?

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could well be matabolic syndrome as well as other factors.

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Could you be a bit more specific about this group of people you've observed - Are they young, old, male, female? Do you notice them in the street, in the pub, in dance classes, in fish and chip shops, in cinemas etc? Most people I meet look reasonably healthy, but i probably only encounter a small cross section of the wider population.

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usually men from around 20-50 years of age and i see them everywhere.

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got to be the fish and chip shop guys. i used to own one 42 years ago . i dont think I've ever recovered. 😔

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so your to blame then. right whats your address. 😂

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🙃 down under. 🙃 xx

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Diet and lifestyle. As a species we weren't meant to sit around d so much and eat all this high fat, high sugar , high meat diet. Never mind the way food is processed and reared ( in the case of dairy and meat). The warnings are there but only a few are listening.

This weekend will be a prime example. Children scoffing huge amounts of high sugar chocolate and then playing on tablets and phones. Adults too.

People don't just look unhealthy , they are unhealthy compared to other countries.

Dee

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i have seen those breakafast cereals with chocolate in them too. its disgusting giving those to children to start their day. also those so called healthy drinks are full of sugar.

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I totally agree with you and have to say that as a child of the 60s/70s our food had much less sugar in it, we ate 3 meals a day, didn't snack and had plenty of outdoor activities. I used to eat Shreddies as a child and loved them; I bought a packet last year and started to eat them and actually threw them away, they were far too sweet, I didn't like the taste at all. My main cereal is porridge made with water and milk with a banana on top. I remember being given lots of chocolate at Easter but that wasn't a problem as I was allowed to eat so much at a time and I used to run around a lot as a child. I had roller skates, a scooter and as a family we used to walk everywhere or catch a bus if it was too far. We also didn't have a car, mobiles, tablets, computers - need I say more!!

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oh those were the days werent they. going out on the roller skates.you have brought so many memories back to me. i was always running around. we all used to race each other and play at skipping ropes. you never see that now do you. its such a shame.i remember xmas i got a nurses outfit and a sewing set a stocking with an apple and orange inside and a selection box. how times have changed.love grace xoxoxo

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Oh my goodness same here, I used to love eating tangerines at Christmas, they were my favourite and of course the one selection box, that was more than enough - there is far too much these days. I used to play at skipping, tennis in the street, two ball, Chinese skipping (this was a piece of elastic with two people either end and the person in the middle used to make a pattern of some sort), I also had roller skates and a bike; everything I did was active. I blame technology on an awful lot and of course all day TV. I will not watch TV in the day, I can't bring myself to it, even when poorly. Also, where's the PE lessons gone in schools these days!

Think I had better stop there as they were certainly better days.

xxx:)

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yes they were totally so much better. all the kids sitting at compuers or play station. its a crying shame. xoxoxo

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Alcohol is a culprit, along with smoking perhaps. Unfortunately, people most often don't think of it until there's a health issue. However, I found, going organic, adding vitamins like C, D3 and Omega 3s, exercise of course, can certainly change things.

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I live in Northern Ireland and i always thought the red botchy skin was just a part of the way that we are.

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Is it related to how pale skinned those of us of Irish decent are?

I get blotchy sometimes for so many reasons.

I don't look particularly unhealthy though I don't think, other than being overweight.

My husband sometimes refers to someone as pig skinned they look quite unhealthy but aren't necessarily based on those he has referred to that I know.

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Yes that's the what i think Aquahol it is our lake skin, i don't think there is anything wrong with it it's just how some of us are.

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I am not so sure about seeing lots of unwell looking people - but I do know about seeing LOTS AND LOTS of grossly obese people.

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Lots of those about Bazza

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Hi

I think there are two tyoes of "red blotchy skin"

Many irish english have these complexions and i think they look so healthy and beautiful

On the other hand if u are saying mostly men i woukd say its alcohol

Where are you from by the way if you dont mjnd me asking 🌺

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I'm from ireland

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I was always told it is a sign of healthy skin. ☺

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I think we do look very grey and unhealthy which could be a lack of sunshine and exercise and bad habits. I also think we tend to wear a lot of dark colours which dulls a lot of complexions, especially fair skin tones who should avoid black!

It is interesting as it does seem more prevalent here than other countries.

The only medical issue I could think would cause the skin would be keratosis Pilaris which can improve with a tan/sunshine

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Yeah i do think it's because of lack of sunshine and bad lifestyle habits. In ireland we don't really have a healthy food culture we just eat takeaways and processed food for the most part. Also we can be big drinkers too lol which adds to it.

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I'm English and Irish , I enjoy sweets and was real white as a child and kids always commented or made front of how white I was, so I tried to tan all the time.I got rosacea around 25, but God healed that ,Thank you God. I think I look fine at 42 but people try to put me down by assuming I'm older, people stare at me. People been whispering and laughing for the last year. No fun being judged because how you look, I am very healthy though.

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