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Stressed and Sedentary Lifestyles Increase as Recession Appears to Take its Toll on Britain's Health
Date:5/11/2009

    LONDON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ --
    - Health of the Nation has Declined by Two Points in the Last Six Months
    - Britain is Overwhelmed, Overworked and Overweight
    - 1.9 Million More Brits Leading Unhealthy Lives Than Six Months Ago

The nation appears to be stuck in a downward spiral of unhealthy lifestyles as increasingly stressed Britons may be looking to save time and money by cutting back on exercise and healthy foods in the current economic climate.

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According to PruHealth's bi-annual Vitality Index* - which tracks the nation's health trends across stress, exercise, diet, smoking, health knowledge and check-ups - the health of the nation has declined by two points since July 2008 to a health rating of just 59 per cent today. Worryingly, nearly one in five (18 per cent) Brits now admit they live unhealthy lifestyles, an increase of 4 per cent in just six months.**

Overworked and overwhelmed

It seems the recession is leaving people not only overworked, but increasingly overwhelmed. In the last six months the percentage of Brits saying they are under a great deal or a significant amount of stress has increased from 38 per cent to 40 per cent. As confidence in the economy has decreased it is perhaps of little surprise that almost half (44 per cent) of Brits report their stress levels have increased

Half (50 per cent) of these stressed adults disclose that stress is affecting their personal life and many now feel that it is the greatest health risk to the nation (10 per cent). Perhaps unsurprisingly, two in five (41 per cent) people suffering from stress put their increased stress levels down to their money wor
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