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I read a rather worrying on the BBC this morning: UK teenage killer gets life sentence .

Turns out this chap was known to have a low IQ and behavioral issues described as 'a severe conduct disorder'.

My question is; why was he not in supervised care, as at 16 he was old enough to be medically considered an adult, even if he was incapable of behaving appropriately. Strikes me that he ought to have been monitored a bit more than he was, as he had been flagged as having problems for five years already. But for some reason, he and his family was not offered the support he needed to make the most of his life.

Then, on another page of the BBC, I read: Inactivity 'kills more than obesity' . There are almost 700 comments on this article, which range from 'it's your responsibility to keep yourself healthy' to 'stop blaming the state and give more money to the NHS...'.

Personally, I was told at age 8 to avoid all weight bearing sports because too much stress could harm my bones and potentially I could then end up in a wheelchair. So how come by age 38 I'd walked four half marathons, several 5k and 10k races and finished third in the first 5k I ever took part in?!

Because I know my body better than doctors. I also know that walking helps me to think straight. I can put one foot in front of the other for mile after mile at a steady pace of around 3.5mph. I don't enjoy aerobics, dance class, zumba, yoga or any of those exercise routines, but is simple, easy and requires only a decent pair of trainers. I took responsibility for finding out what I could do, and then doing it.

The comment at the end of the article shows how out of touch some of these 'experts' can appear though. The head of the Faculty of Public Health suggested that "If more people cycled or walked to work or school, it would make a big difference in raising levels of physical activity."

I'd like to point out to the venerable Professor that I live 11 miles from my workplace by the quickest route, which is down a motorway. Last I checked, neither walking nor cycling were permitted on a motorway in the United Kingdom. And in any case, I don't cycle. But even walking that distance would take me almost three hours. Hardly practical.

These articles indicate the confused nature of advice and help available. Perhaps the parents of that teen had asked for help and support to control his behavior, and had not received it. Meantime we are being told to take for our own health - but in a way which is impractical to many.

Sort it out already, leaders, 'experts' and professionals...

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UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:04 PM

Years ago people like him were just locked up, kept in big sanatoriums - then they had the whole thing where they emptied the asylums/similar and started doing Care in the Community. The trouble is there's no care, just the community that have to pick up the pieces.

melody23 wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:33 PM

I had to cross the ocean to get to school every day, how was I supposed to walk that? Some people!

You do have to wonder why that boy and his family weren't getting some type of help, maybe they weren't offered it or maybe they refused either way its a terribly sad story. However I assume his mental state was assessed before trial and if he was deemed to be fit to stand trial and answer the charges rather than diminished responsibility due to his mental health, you have to wonder if there was any help to offer in the first place. I guess we will never know.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:36 PM

I fear you're right there. Sometime people need to be segregated from the rest of society to save them from themselves, as well as for the safety of others.

Quinbe wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:24 PM

circumstances will always differ and that will determine how one does the physical exercise needed

kat123456 wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:19 PM

An interesting article and you make some good points. It seems a lot of what we are told can be conflicting information

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:33 PM

I find it challenging to exercise every day when I'm excited about writing or other engaging but sedentary activities. I really have to push myself.
As for the young man, so many troubled youth slip through the cracks here, sometimes committing murder and mayhem!