As revealed by a recent survey by the Health Survey for England, the majority of the UK adults are living unhealthy lifestyles, putting their lives at high risk of severe, potentially lethal conditions. While in England nearly 9 in 10 have one unhealthy habit, at least, the same situation is affecting humans all over the world. Additionally, about 50 percent of UK adults are having two or more risk factors, such as smoking and binge drinking. Also, the recent study showed that eating less than five servings of fruits or vegetables per day and the lack of physical activity are two other bad habits UK adults are commonly presenting.
According to the Health Survey for England, some UK adults are quitting on their first unhealthy habits, including smoking or alcohol abuse, but some bad traits remain, such as parents giving children alcohol too young.
Also, 33% of men and 31% of women present a combination of two risk factors. For men, alcohol abuse and low fruit and vegetable consumption represent a common trait, while women present obesity and low fruit and vegetable intake.
The Majority Of The UK Adults Are Living Unhealthy Lifestyles
Even though the Health Survey for England study addressed only to the UK adults, similar figures were revealed by researches all over the world, including the US and Canada where obesity seems to be the primary risk factor for severe conditions such as heart diseases and cancer, along with smoking and binge drinking.
One interesting part of the UK-based survey was the section debating why UK adults adopted such unhealthy habits. According to the research, UK children are exposed to a lot of ads for unhealthy foods and drinks, usually broadcasted at every hour of the day on TV, the Internet, or radio.
Thus, unhealthy lifestyles are inoculated into the young minds of kids, and they remain there during adulthood. So, even though smoking is not among the most significant risk factors, other unhealthy habits took it place.