New Year’s resolutions?
As we embark on 2017, some sobering statistics have just emerged: four-fifths of middle-aged adults are putting themselves at risk of disease as busy lives and desk jobs make it increasingly hard to stay healthy, experts have said. Eighty-three per cent of 40- to 60-year-olds are either drinking too much, are inactive or are overweight, Public Health England (PHE) said.
Officials said that 9 in 10 men (87%) and 8 in 10 women (79%) are not doing enough exercise, exceeding the recommended limits for alcohol or are either overweight or obese.
Figures taken from the Health Survey for England show that 77% of men and 63% of women in middle age are either overweight or obese – with the rate of obesity shooting up 16% in the last two decades.
The diabetes rate among this age group also doubled in this period in England, PHE said. Meanwhile, many are also not being physically active and drinking too much.
What is to be done to prevent us all eating and drinking our way into an early grave? Do let us have your own New Year suggestions for a slimmer and healthier 2017 by adding a comment to this blog. What are your New Year’s resolutions?