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We have come to accept the fact that everything we eat ­ however apparently healthy ­ is certain eventually to be decreed to be bad for us. Eggs, cheese, tuna... all stand condemned. Keeping fit is equally perilous. Aerobics, so often praised in the past as the ideal way to stay healthy, is now often dismissed as more damaging than helpful.

We have come to accept the fact that everything we eat ­ however apparently healthy ­ is certain eventually to be decreed to be bad for us. Eggs, cheese, tuna... all stand condemned. Keeping fit is equally perilous. Aerobics, so often praised in the past as the ideal way to stay healthy, is now often dismissed as more damaging than helpful.

At least in one area, however, technological progress played an undeniable role in keeping people healthy. The introduction of air cells into the heels of trainer shoes was a triumph of progress. In the past decade, the air-filled shoes have been marketed as if they were the answer to all a would-be healthy person's prayers. How, it might be asked, did we ever avoid injury without them?

Or, we now discover: how did we ever avoid injury with them? An Australian study published yesterday suggested that basketball players with air cells in their heels are four times more likely to be injured than players wearing airless shoes.

Soon, the final truth will be out. Slobbing out will be proved to be the ultimate healthy option. Wait for the survey that proves that, to stay healthy, we should all spend our days eating take-aways in front of the TV.

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