Following the broadcaster Andrew Marr’s recent stroke, which was attributed to excessive exercise, the theories of a controversial doctor are now receiving much greater attention. Commenting on the Marr case, Dr Keith Rotherham said: “This sad occurrence doesn’t surprise me at all. More and more I see patients who have been foolishly misadvised by fashionable colleagues to take exercise, which will supposedly make them healthier. As a result many end up suffering from exhaustion, broken limbs and even exercise addiction.”
Rotherham’s anti-exercise stance has led to such unusual measures as advising joggers to run in oversize slippers and prescribing pizza, to be eaten twice a day after meals. “Naturally this has to be delivered,” he cautions, “who knows what problems might arise if a patient went out to get their food?” He is also an ardent campaigner against new gyms and leisure centres, which in view of the high some participants experience from exercise he condemns as “endorphin crack dens”.
He is heartened by growing rates of obesity throughout the UK and many other countries. “I really feel my message is now getting through on an international level. I’d call it a movement, but I don’t want anyone getting any dangerous pro-exercise ideas.”