Britons suffering mid-life health crisis
by Richard Kilner
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Middle aged Britons are suffering a mid-life health crisis, according to new research from health insurer Bupa.
Those aged 45-54 are more likely to smoke, be obese and suffer depression compared to others of their age around the world.
The international Bupa Health Pulse study found that late middle age was the toughest time for the health of Britons, with the UK faring worst for this age group amongst all 12 countries surveyed.
Worryingly, 35% (more than twice the international average) of 45-54 year old Britons are obese, with 24% smoking 10 or more cigarettes every day.
In addition, 27% suffer depression and 45%, perhaps unsurprisingly given the above figures, have a negative outlook regarding their financial situation and 21% feel negative about life in general.
Dr Sneh Khemka, Bupa International medical director, said that the survey made for alarming reading, but said that it was possible for the negative trend to be tackled.
Earlier this year research from Bupa found that the total cost of unhealthy lifestyles was £17.7bn per year, but that this was predicted to rise to £33bn by 2025.