Views & Reviews From the frontline

Running with the pantomime horses

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:672
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    After four children a man can lose his figure. I would smile with resignation at the predictable comments: “You're looking well!” (translation: “Aren't you fat!”) But most days I was lucky to have time to brush my teeth, let alone fret about my body mass index or go to the gym. Anyway, the exercising class exercised me. It was demanding, unrealistic, and never satisfied with my explanation that simply resting might be sensible. The accessories were ridiculous: orthotic insoles, straps, isotonic fluids, food supplements. Jogging from one specialist physiotherapist …

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