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Are you in denial about your health?

Eight in ten middle-aged Britons are overweight, inactive or drink too much alcohol, shocking figures reveal today.

Officials say those in the 40 to 60 age group are neglecting their health because they are too busy worrying about their children, ageing parents or work.

Some 83 per cent have poor lifestyle habits, a major analysis by Public Health England and Oxford University academics has found.

Officials at PHE said the demands of modern-day living were ‘taking their toll on the nation’.

Many are sleep deprived – which can encourage over-eating – and they are also inclined to over-indulge in food or alcohol in an attempt to unwind.

Experts are worried that if the middle-aged generation do not address their lifestyles soon, many will shortly fall victim to heart disease, type 2 diabetes or cancer.

PHE wants people to turn over a new leaf in 2017, and make a pledge to get fit.

The PHE website and app has a quiz that gives users a health score based on their lifestyle habits by asking questions such as, “Which snacks do you eat in a normal day?” and “How much exercise do you get every day?”.

Are you in denial about your drinking habits or weight? Are you concerned that your lifestyle could lead to ill health? Is it time to take control and make changes? Or do you look after yourself and take care of your health?

Are you in denial about your health?

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Niktaw
20th Mar 2017
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I have a friend who is in denial of his health problems. He can't see just how much worry he is giving to his wife and all his friends. It's so sad to see him carry on working with the threat of cancer and dialasis handing over him. His wife is beside herself and he just carries on denying it all.
gailyp63
23rd Feb 2017
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I think I have high cholesterol a little muffin top i exercise and plod on but tablet free at moment I'm hanging on to that
ecarg
16th Feb 2017
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You can't blame to much information I see the information and still I know it's simple eat less exercise more.Do I do it No .Why because eating is pleasurable emotional a comfort in times of stress.I stay fat because I'm not motivated enough to get up and do something about it.I very rarely drink eat my fruit and veg.but also have a liking for biscuits and ice-cream.Portion size is also a problem.So being honest as I am and while my health is OK I don't know what it will take to make me change my ways.Living a few extra years just does't seem to crack it for me.
nagonthenet
31st Jan 2017
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I'm not but I think many people are. Far too FAT!
stevedore
27th Jan 2017
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I think the polls are correct,many middle and over60s are overweight.I speak as somebody who is overweight and has been for last 8 years since an accident left me disabled.i still manage to swim every day 1 mile or 70 minutes, walk my dog very slowly 3 times a day and do not drink or smoke rarely eat red meat and love veg and fruit.When I show up at my regular clinic for my disability the only thing iam told to do is lose weight.How? Answers on a postcard please.
P.S, prior to my accident I had run every day of my life 5-10miles and also cycled to work and in general was very fit.
nagonthenet
31st Jan 2017
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This is very sad and something that I dread happening to me. Please don't take offence at my comment. I'm sure you realise that it is aimed at those who eat rubbish, drink alcohol and don't exercise and have no good reason to stay overweight. Keep up your regime. Are you able to try horse riding? Proper riding is very good exercise - why not see if your local Riding for Disabled can help. Dressage really works you and you sweat like mad so using up loads of calories.
ginntonic
14th Jan 2017
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I did the 5/2 diet for 2 months. It does work but now I'm doing the 8/16 diet. I don't eat after 6pm until 10 the next morning and drink only water, fruit teas or black coffee during the 16 hour fasting, I am trying to stick to this for a few months to lose weight. Its hard to start with but does get easy. But its no good for anyone with diabetes or some other illnesses.
Just remember to eat less fat and carbs and move a bit more.
tammypettifer
5th Jan 2017
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One year ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I weighed in a hefty 109kg and my HbA1c was literally off the chart at 131!

After joining Diabetes UK Low Carb 10 week program I am no longer Insulin dependent. I have lost 14kg and my HbA1c has come down to a comfortable 39.

For the first time in my life I feel that I am in control and I would love to inspire or even encourage anyone with this disease to try this program. You can do it at your own pace, I certainly took my time before completing the program.

Once you have been diagnosed with this disease, you have it for life so the most fantastic thing that I love about Diabetes UK Low Carb program is that it teaches you new life skills. I now know what foods to avoid and I have discovered a whole range of foods that I can enjoy.
Baxi
3rd Jan 2017
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I'm going to start the 5/2 diet this week because I am absolutely hopeless at giving up this or that. I have do go cold turkey. And it's great too because you have to stop drinking to stay within the calorie limit for those days.
Let's face it - December has been a complete nightmare with regard to alcohol!
nagonthenet
31st Jan 2017
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Just stop drinking. Become teetotal - it is very easy. Alcohol is just no good for you. Think of all the money you'd save. Put what you'd spend on alcohol aside for something special or use it for a new exercise hobby
ginntonic
14th Jan 2017
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I did the 5/2 diet for 2 months. It does work but takes a while to get used to it.
JohnHerb
2nd Jan 2017
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eat more greens, vegetables and less biscuits and sugar all helps. Also cut out as much booze as you can. I tryt and only have a drink on special occasions now
Tyjen
28th Dec 2016
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I would love to know how they come up with that percentage!!
Lionel
28th Dec 2016
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I've never been asked anything in any poll, Tyjen. Nor has anyone else I know.

So, I may only conclude it's a statistic plucked out of the air!

In other words, useless!
Lionel
28th Dec 2016
4
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Oh, I think many of us could said to be in denial about health issues. Whether we are or not depends on a point of view.

Jeanmark, you are in a fortunate place; having been a health professional for 47 years I think there's little mystique in health issues and treatments for you. But for many of us a certain fear lurks around the corner, often fed by the press and TV publishing health information. That's spurious, misleading, health information.

Much of what we may take on board in the press, on TV and on the internet, is fed by vested interests driving us toward a product or a certain, well shall we say, less than personally beneficial life style. We could call it scaremongering for profit, and not be wrong. Only a small part of this is directly attributable to the NHS - at this time principally rather imaginative limits on alcohol. Even the originators of the figures have said in the press they were pulled out of thin air!

I believe some of our age group have imbibed sensationalist health journalism to their detriment. For example, a simple case of heartburn from eating processed meals is understood as a heart attack and an ambulance called. At the other end of the spectrum, too much health information may dumb down our natural awareness of our bodies and we rationalise a serious condition as something minor and treatable with patent medicines.

In truth, I feel few are in denial; it is more a case of perplexity - an insoluable complexity of complexities brought on by too much information.
Wilf
28th Dec 2016
3
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As usual Lionel you have nailed the main point-there is just too much information. What the government needs to do and they haven't to my knowledge, is to put up a health/wellbeing website that everyone can go to to get ALL the information people need about keeping healthy and what we should eat...where we can get it etc etc. Every other day some "expert" comes out with more information but some contradicts other information. Classic example is for years we should not eat eggs due to the cholesterol levels...now we are told we should eat eggs and a lot of them as they are good for us with high levels of protein. So a few times a week I have a couple of boiled eggs! Lets see what happens in a few years with eggs will probably be another U Turn!
Lionel
28th Dec 2016
3
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I thank you for that compliment Wilf, although it's perhaps not deserved.

Experts and professionals send a shudder down my spine. Forty odd years ago I began farm working for an old boy (now I'm the old boy!!), who said, you don't have a problem until you have an expert! There's a good deal of rural truth in that.

And eggs, yes, that's an excellent example. We've read about LDL and HDL to distraction; we even had an Agriculture Minister, nice Jewish girl by the name of Curry, who said chickens and eggs carry Salmonella! Talk about scare mongering. My Grannie, born 1895, the cook in a big country pile, told me much the same thing, she just couldn't remember the word Salmonella! She couldn't spell it either.

I have hens here in my garden. Six of them. In a good summer week we get three dozen eggs, keeping a dozen we give away the rest. I've not heard back anyone these least many years ever got Salmonella from our eggs. My wife and I, with our dogs, get through a dozen a week, and don't they make nice sponge cakes.

I applaud your idea about a health/wellbeing website. It would be good for us all, simple, unbiased health advice and tips. But sadly I feel it would become the eBay of health, a little like the NHS website today. Pick a symptom and then feel ill. Rush off to one's over stretched doctor with chronic hypocondria. A pill and bed rest ... until the next time.

I'm not de-bunking your idea Wilf, not at all. It's just that present day society has become so self obsessed, so dependent, a health/wellbeing website would be abused.

Unless, that is, we logged in with our National Insurance Number. Anyone under sixty five is refused entry! That should sort the men from the pseudo-men.
Wilf
29th Dec 2016
3
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Yes I remember Mrs Currey going on about no Salmonella...same as Gummer with the BSE and hamburgers-Politicians never cease to amaze me with their stupidity! I agree we are becoming a nation of hypochondriacs.
jeanmark
29th Dec 2016
2
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Don't forget Wilf, Politicians are advised by 'experts'. As for hypochondria, now referred to as 'Health Anxiety', It is now estimated that one in four GP appointments are now taken up by the "Worried Well"!
Lionel
29th Dec 2016
2
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Francis Chichester, the round the world solo yachtsman, wrote in his 1964 autobiography that if he were in politics he would send a man to New Zealand with the express purpose of relaying what UK politics looked like from afar. I have a long time friend in New Zealand, a British ex-pat of forty years. What he writes to me ... well, it doesn't bare telling. Suffice to say, how stupid and short sighted we are.

And joinging two threads together - I was a member of the CTC for many years. So enjoyed cycling. At fifteen rode from central London to my home village in West Norfolk. 120 miles overnight. On arriving at my destination my god-father said, turn around. I did. He then threw a bucket of cold water over my backside!

'I thought your a++e would be on fire, so was prepared!' Norfolk people were like that then, blunt and to the point. I am at home, but not online.

Now there's a thought. What about some buckets of ice cold water for members of Parliament? Could concentrate the mind.

What do you think, Wilf?
jeanmark
28th Dec 2016
3
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I so agree with Lionel and Wilf, people aways appear to believe what the media reports without necessarily recognising they are only interested in 'news worthy' issues, rarely reporting accurately if that doesn't fit with their 'story'. I worked in the field of HIV at the very beginning and the scaremongering from the media was horrendous and frequently erroneous.

However, I also recognise things change over time as new research is completed and thus advice changes, that's progress. What was considered appropriate 10 years ago is no longer considered relevant today and will change again in another 5, 10, 15 years. In reality people have to take some responsibility for their own health, I don't think the average person should need to be told too much alcohol etc. can be bad for you. Maybe 'it won't happen to me' is a human trait, I know I smoked for 40 years even when nursing patients dying from smoke related diseases. None of us are perfect!
Lionel
29th Dec 2016
2
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Jeanmark, we agree again. I feel so strongly, and have lived, the premise we must be responsible for ourselves, as far as we may. The NHS is a safety net when we may no longer help ourselves.

I too have smoked, and still do, a pipe. It was an NHS doctor thirty odd years ago who advised it. He was an eldery, irascible man, pot bellied with a waistcoat, watch chain and a moustache. After lifting a thousand half hundred weight bales of hay over my head in a day pains ocurred in my chest. He heard my case, asked about my marriage - my then wife was addicted to Valium 10 - and took out a briar from his wooden desk drawer and lit it, blowing smoke in my face.

Then, I didn't smoke anything. But he said, there's nothing I may do for you. My advice? Get a briar, a good one, and some decent tobacco. In the evening, after your meal, sit back and enjoy a relaxing pipe. I do. Oh, and you probably can't afford a decent single malt scotch whisky, but have a pint of good beer. Home brew is best.

And that is true! To this day I follow his advice.
Wilf
28th Dec 2016
2
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And that is why Jean the government needs to produce a simple website with all details about what is and not healthy and also send pamphlets a put the website details in all media-very simple!
jeanmark
28th Dec 2016
3
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No, I'm not in denial about my health. I don't drink alcohol, I eat reasonably healthily and try to walk each day for about half hour, the recommended minimum.

I have chronic health problems that I can't change but do keep under control with medication.
Prosseco
28th Dec 2016
2
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Guilty I am going to do a month's detox in January. I am going to try to be more healthy
Wilf
28th Dec 2016
2
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Good idea to try and drink less. The good thing is January and February are quiet months socially as we see less friends then over the festive period
Wilf
28th Dec 2016
2
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I do need to sort myself out. Far too much toast in the mornings with lashings of butter and marmalade but then it is delicious! We have cut down on sugar in tea and now just have a little smidgen of it. Think we need to loose some weight and like everyone exercise more although walking the dogs does help
windes
28th Dec 2016
2
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I know I drink too much, and since retiring eating more especially cakes and biscuits, I do try walking most days and I love working in the garden but the weight is not moving, I want 2017 to be my turn around year.
JohnHerb
2nd Jan 2017
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I find walking my dogs 2 or 3 times a day for 30 minutes each time helps
MrsPat
28th Dec 2016
3
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I drink too much and know I do although my children say compared to others I am a light drinker. I drink about 3-4 nights of the week on average, not a lot just a couple of glasses of wine and it all seems to add up. I tried last year in January stopping drinking and will try again this year. I also eat too many biscuits and sweet things
Marley444
28th Dec 2016
3
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I do think that 2017 may be the time for me to take a proper look at myself and take control. I am married to someone who is very health conscious and have extremely health conscious grown up children too. I think it is about time I should start taking better care of myself actually. My middle aged spread is definitely taking the better of me.

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