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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939

Plain Common Sense

Plain Common Sense.

If a committee of experts such as the League of Nations Committee stresses the importance of milk and greens, and whole cereals as foods, surely it is just plain common sense to follow their advice. This report points out to us in New Zealand the dramatic error of our food habits.

If this report is considered seriously, surely we can now understand why 97 per cent, of our school children have dental carles, why twenty per cent, of them (at least) have goitre, why measles and influenza spread like the plague through the community.

The fundamental and real cause of all these diseases, is the food which we eat. We do not supply our bodies with the materials which they need, therefore they break down.

Gone are the days when malnutrition merely meant lack of food. Gross emaciation due to lack of food is no longer the sole meaning of the word. In New Zealand, most of us get enough to eat because we are not hungry, but the fact is indisputable that we do not eat food of the right type. Quantity of food is not our trouble, but Quality.