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Eight in 10 middle-aged adults 'are worryingly unhealthy'

Eight in 10 middle-aged adults 'are worryingly unhealthy'

Eight in 10 middle-aged adults in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise.

Public Health England (PHE) is launching a new campaign titled One You, which has been designed to reach out to the 83 per cent of 40 to 60 year olds who are either overweight or obese, exceed the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive, to provide free support and tools to help them live more healthily in 2017.

Professor Muir Gray, Clinical Adviser for the One You campaign, said that analysis by PHE has found that the demands of modern day living are taking their toll, and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels.

“Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life,” he said in a statement. 

Furthermore, PHE has found that obese adults are more than five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who are a healthy weight (a body mass index between 18.5 and 25).

Dan Howarth, Head of Care at Diabetes UK, explains that there are an estimated 11.9 million people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the U.K. because of their lifestyle and more than one million who already have the condition but have not yet been diagnosed.

“Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease,” he said. “We know how hard it is to change the habits of a lifetime but we want people to seek the help they need to lose weight, stop smoking and take more exercise.”

Accordingly, PHE is urging people to take a moment to consider their health and the simple steps they can take to improve it in the run up to the New Year, by taking the One You online quiz.

The quiz, called How Are You, takes your lifestyle information, gives you a health score and then links to free localised, personalisable information, apps and tools. These sit alongside PHE’s other online tools like the Heart Age tool which gives you your ‘heart age’ based on your age and lifestyle. 

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