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?
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