OXFORD University researchers have pinpointed a health crisis among middle-aged Brits, with four in five now being overweight or drinking too much.
Working with Public Health England, the academics found that a staggering 83% of Brits aged 40-60 either tipped the scales too highly, drank beyond safe limits, or was almost completely inactive.
Obesity has risen by 16% in recent years and the survey found that many people don’t have a friend or family member among them who isn’t overweight, making it the new norm.
Diabetes rates have doubled in the past few decades and the great fear now is that the NHS will crumble under the weight of the millions of middle-aged who will soon hit retirement.
Jobs which involve sitting down all day and drinking more than the recommended alcohol intake also contribute. At 14 units per week that means an easily achievable six pints or three glasses of wine.
The NHS has now devised a new quiz ahead of the New Year. You can find it here https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you