An American psychologist has this week published a report that claims we are adopting West Coast lifestyle attitudes
DEME FLOUROU Manager of Pumps Gym, north London
No. Most people in Britain who join a gym do it just so that they can say they go. The huge majority pay a fortune in fees yet do not get any fitter. At this gym, we concentrate on body-building and we are serious about it, but we are in a minority.
IAN MARBER Nutritionist
Yes. If you rewind 20 years, the only reason people went to see a dietician was to lose weight. A dietician would tell you what to eat after you'd had your heart attack. But now people go to a nutritional therapist while they are perfectly well. But it's not all a good thing: we are still weight obsessed, which is typically Californian. Need I mention the popularity of another American invention, the Atkins Diet?
YVONNE PEACOCK Owner of the Cornmill Tea Room, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
Yes. It concerns me that we are becoming more Californian, especially with all the coffee bars. It's very important that the British tea room is preserved. …