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Obesity UK – a nation in denial

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The inaugural Aviva Health Check UK Report, to be published on Tuesday 29 April 2014, tracks both the physical and mental health of the nation through trends in exercise, diet, illness and general well-being, based on a survey of 2,000 UK adults.

The report identifies patterns of health and well-being across the nation, across generations and across body types, identifying the problems particular to these demographics.  It also looks at the health ambitions and fears that face the UK; a country that is as keen to improve its mental health as its physical health.

Key statistics include: Half the UK population are overweight, yet a third of obese and half of overweight people think they have very good or excellent health. 47 percent of overweight and 28 percent of obese people in the UK have no desire to lose weight. Wales, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber are the heaviest regions in the UK. Brits are more likely to have 5 cups of tea and coffee a day than the recommended 5 a day portions of fruit and veg

Chocolate, crisps, cakes and fizzy drinks are also more commonly eaten than fruit and veg

One in six in the UK never exercise 20 percent of the population has insomnia; 34 percent stress, 21 percent anxiety and 21 percent depression. The report also helps to paint a picture of how different generations are coping, or not, with the pressures of modern life and the stresses and anxiety that are being caused by a population that is financially stretched.

Key statistics include: Unhappiness, stress and poor health hit the sandwich generation hardest45-54 year olds have highest levels of stress, triggered by money and work worries

Unhappiness peaks in middle years with 45 percent of 45-54 year olds unhappy with life

Contrary to natural belief, health and well-being dip earlier in middle years, rather than later

Despite being constantly socially connected, half of 18-24 year olds often feel lonely compared to just a quarter of those aged 65 and over.

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