Your View: facing up to Glasgow’s lifelong problem

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Glasgow may have the lowest life expectancy in theUK — but there are reasons to be optimistic, according to one Pollokshields councillor.

David Meikle believes the Commonwealth Games have “real potential to make an impact”.

He told The Extra: “Improving participation in sport across all ages will leave a lasting legacy of world-class facilities.

“However, If we are truly serious about seeing real health improvements, we not only have to maximise the legacy of the Games but also prioritise early action to promote healthier lifestyles.”

Glasgow’s average life expectancy for babies born between 2010 and 2012 is just 72.6 years for boys and 78.5 years for girls.

This week, we asked southsiders: how do you solve Glasgow’s health problems?

Joe Wallace (78) told The Extra: “People in Glasgow just don’t look after themselves. It’s as simple as that.

“The council could start by making health activities cheaper.”

For Daniel Hoffman (28), from the Gorbals, “it comes down to poverty.

“That is what needs to be addressed. Something also needs to be done about health education.”

Michael Borthwick, (24) from Dumbreck, commented: “It’s down to poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking. Smoking and fast food should be banned while people should be encouraged to be active.”

And Mary McGrouther (25) from King’s Park, out shopping with daughter Eilidh (4),added: “When it comes to health, the culture in Glasgow is awful. I don’t see it changing in this generation.”

What do you think? Email Gregor (address above) and your opinion could be used in next week’s paper.