About a year ago my doctor was looking at my regular check up results and proclaimed that I was pre-diabetic. Around 1 in 3 adults in the UK have this condition. 5-10% of people diagnosed each year go on to become type 2 diabetic, The good news is that this condition can be reversed by diet and exercise.
I followed the Blood Sugar Diet and am now beginning to exercise having had a sedentary job all my life. I go naked hiking with a local group, I swim at the Eastbourne Naturist Swim and we also just started naturist yoga.
I am very fond of history and in recent time particularly the history of naturism and related social history. Naturism was born out of a concern about the nation's health in the late nineteenth century and prospered in the 1920's and 1930's after the poor health of the nation was exposed by the need for (or lack of) healthy recruits for the Boer War and First World War. The current crises (obesity and strained health service) have different origins, but the focus on exercise and physical form promoted by government policy are the same.
Here are a few related books and articles that I found as a result of a trip to the bookshop yesterday. First a book on the new 'cult' of wild swimming:
Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain by Roger Deakin
"What's so attractive about Deakin's book, and what makes it such a wonderful traveling companion, is – apart from its pin-sharp descriptions and deep humanity – its subversiveness. This act of swimming in the wild, away from "health and safety", unsupervised, often unobserved, is, in some essential way, a quiet act of defiance."
This is an extract from the Guardian review and More details about the book can be found here “Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.
The following title takes a broad view of the growth of interest in health and beauty in a period that established the way these topics are treated in our modern age. Its an academic book, but its worth reading the review to see how the different threads in society have interpreted this area of our social consciousness in different ways. It explains how a 'back to nature' philosophy like naturism has the same roots as the opposite in the fashion and beauty industry. Also whilst naturism promotes gender equality and the removal of class distinctions, general society seems to be on the opposite tack. There has also been a view that naturism is a 'return to the past' movement and in particular promotes alternative medicine, but this book shows how the life reform movement also promoted advances in scientific medicine.