Modern life responsible for ‘worrying’ health in middle aged

January 6, 2017   //   No Comments

Eight out of 10 of the middle aged either weigh too much, drink too much or don’t exercise enough, as recent analysis from Public Health England (PHE) shows how modern life taking its toll on health.

PHE’s One You campaign is reaching out to the 83% of 40 to 60 year olds (87% of men and 79% of women) 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 and beyond.

Obesity in adults has shot up 16% in the last 20 years.  The diabetes rate among this age group also doubled in this period in England. Obese adults are more than 5 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who are a healthy weight (a body mass index between 18.5 and 25).

People are being urged to take a moment to consider their health and the simple steps they can take to improve it by taking the One You online quiz. People need to eat better, be more active, stop smoking and consider their drinking.  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.

More than 1.1 million people have taken the quiz so far and where appropriate, been directed to download our apps like Couch to 5K, Alcohol Checker and Easy Meals. Nearly a quarter of a million people have subsequently downloaded Couch to 5K.