Brits Trail Behind Other Nations In Healthy Living League

07/12/2010 11:21 | Updated 22 May 2015

Brits are far from the healthiest in the worldBrits are far from the healthiest in the world, says Bupa. Photo: Stock.xchng, nicephoto

We haven't won the World Cup since 1966 or the Eurovision Song Contest since 1997 (Katrina and the Waves, in case you'd forgotten). So it should be no surprise to discover Brits are far from winning the healthiest lifestyle league either.

That's the verdict of a Bupa Health and Wellbeing survey, which suggests that while nearly three quarters of us say we're worried about developing a chronic health problem, few of us are changing our lifestyles to reduce our risk of that happening.

It also shouldn't be too much of a shock to find out more Brits drink alcohol than any other country (84 of us say we drink regularly too - that doesn't sound too awful, you might think, but compare it to the international average of just 17 of Brits exercise for less than an hour a week.

"Lack of time and motivation are the key reasons people say prevent them from being healthy," explains Dr Annabel Bentley, Bupa Health and Wellbeing medical director. "But you don't have to join a gym to get fit - daily activities all count."

However there's hope. Despite our alleged unhealthy lifestyles, 69 saying they feel well. Not bad for a bunch of boozed-up exercise phobes.

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