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

ries and 22 per cent say this is down to increased workload with the same number citing redundancy worries.

Interestingly, it is those in poor health who have seen the most significant rise in their stress levels, up from 56 per cent to 64 per cent. Those in good health cited only a slight rise from 32 per cent to 34 per cent.

Exercise on the wane

The problems of increased stress are being exacerbated by lack of exercise. The number of people reporting that they never exercise has increased from 11 per cent to 14 per cent in just six months. Over a quarter (28 per cent) of adults blame work commitments for their lack of exercise. At a time when exercise can be used to help decrease stress levels, it appears people are exercising even less due to both time and money pressures.

Of those who do exercise, less than a third (29 per cent) exercise four times a week or more and the percentage of adults doing the government-recommended 30 minutes of exercise each session has fallen significantly from 34 per cent to 29 per cent in just six months.

Commenting on the findings, Dr David Grainger, Senior Fellow, Cambridge University, said: "In just six months there has been a marked widening of the 'health gap' as lifestyle improvements evaporate. Replicated across the entire adult population of the UK, these findings suggest a staggering two million more people have an unhealthy lifestyle than six months ago. The most likely cause? Economic recession."

Food for thought

With the threat of an obesity epidemic still on the horizon, the percentage of adults eating a healthy balanced diet has also dropped from 50 per cent to 47 per cent.

Almost half of Brits (47 per cent) say they struggle to eat the recommended "5-a-day" servings of fresh fruit and vegetables; only 24 per cent manage to eat their 5 portions on a daily basis and alarmingly a
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