87% of middle-aged men are overweight, drink too much or exercise too little

A new survey by Public Health England (PHE) shows that around 8 out of 10 people aged 40-60 in England are risking their health by drinking too much, exercising too little, or weighing too much.

As reported by BBC News and the Guardian, men are slightly more likely than women – 87% to 79% – to be overweight or obese, exercise too little, or drink consistently over the alcohol guidelines.  Public Health England has continued its push to encourage people to improve their health with its One You campaign, which includes a ‘How are You’ quiz aimed to help people reflect on their lifestyles and receive supportive information, apps or other help.

Professor Sir Muir Gray, advisor to One You, emphasised that “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.”

Given the serious long-term, and life-limiting conditions associated with obesity, inactivity and alcohol overconsumption including diabetes, why not turn over a new leaf for 2017 and see what positive changes you could make to your health?

The One You ‘How are you quiz’ is available here.  If you need some inspiration on making a change, have a read of our blogs – in particular, ‘Making a Start’.