PASS THE SLOP BUCKET…
Plans to return the glamorous-sounding slop bucket into every British kitchen have been questioned following a recent survey.
Rather than being dumped in land fills along with other household waste, the government, as part of their zero waste initiative, aim to have Britain’s homes recycling their food scraps. Slop buckets, which are already provided by all councils in Wales and half of those in England, are soon to be enforced nationwide.
But a poll carried out by Friends of the Earth has revealed that the effect slop buckets have on reducing waste may have been exaggerated. After asking 1,000 homes, the survey concluded that there is no significant difference in the perceived amount of food thrown away between those with slop buckets and those without.
However the poll also found that 80% of homes had positive attitudes towards having a slop bucket.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT KEEPS YOU SLIM
Those who use public transport as opposed to travelling by car are less likely to be overweight.
Taking the bus has been hailed as the way to beat obesity in a study published today by Imperial College London. The study monitored around 9,000 men and women over the age of 60 and found that those who used their free bus passes were 20 per cent less likely to become obese than those who didn’t.
The free bus pass scheme, which was introduced in 2006, cost England an estimated £943 million in 2009. The authors of the study hope that the apparent health benefits of England’s free bus passes will protect the scheme from future cuts.
A DEPRESSING STATISTIC
Record numbers of women are feeling blue, with one in seven being affected by depression.
According to a recent study, women are twice as likely to suffer from the illness than they were 40 years ago, giving them double the chance of getting depression than men.
One argument is that the pressure of pursuing a career and having a family is leaving women needing to reach for medical help, although the study suggests that rather than an actual increase in depression rates, there could simply be an increase in the number of anti-depressants being prescribed to women. The study found that women are more likely to visit their GP and as a result are twice as likely to be diagnosed as depressed.
Published on The Lady magazine’s website on Tuesday 13th September.