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Middle-aged Brits unhappy and unhealthy

Published on 06/09/2011

Middle-aged Brits are unhealthier than their foreign counterparts, a new study by private health insurance provider Bupa has revealed.

Bupa Health Pulse surveyed more than 13,000 people from 12 different countries, and found that Britons between the ages of 45 and 54 were more likely to be obese, smoke and have depression than those abroad.

35 per cent of the 2000 UK residents surveyed were found to be clinically obese, compared to an international average of 17 per cent. This comes after news that almost half of British men and 4 in 10 women could be obese within 20 years.

Whilst only 18 per cent of international residents were smokers, around a quarter (27%) of Brits said they smoked more than ten cigarettes a day. 27 per cent of the middle aged Britons said that they had suffered from depression.

Only the US, Australia and Saudi Arabia were shown to have bigger obesity problems than the UK.

Dr Sneh Khemka, medical director at Bupa International, said:

"The Bupa Health Pulse survey makes alarming reading for a generation of Britons. The research reveals not only that Britain's middle-aged are suffering from a health crisis, but also that the problem is particularly apparent in Britain."

The survey comes after Bupa unveiled its new health insurance product, Bupa By You.

If you are very overweight or smoke heavily then you will probably pay more for your health insurance. Compare health insurance policies online now to get the best deal for your money.

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