You don’t know what you don’t know. But when it comes to your health, that’s a particularly troubling paradox. Apparently, according to a recent Public Health England study, the majority of middle aged adults are living unhealthy lives.
According to the report, eight out of 10 middle aged adults either weigh too much, drink too much or don’t exercise enough. But the good news is that there are simple steps you can take to improve your health. If only you knew more about your personal health situation.
That’s where the “How Are You” online quiz comes in. Professor Kevin Fenton, director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE, said: “People are busy with work, with families, with the daily grind and sometimes their own health is the least of their priorities.
“The ‘How Are You Quiz’ will help anyone who wants to take a few minutes to take stock and find out quickly where they can take a little action to make a big difference to their health.”
The quiz is easy to take and shouldn’t be ignored. According to the PHE, 83% of 40 to 60-year-olds (87% of men and 79% of women) are either overweight or obese, exceed the Chief Medical Officer’s alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive.
Some of the recommendations being made are very straightforward. People need to eat better, be more active, stop smoking and consider their drinking.
Roughly 77% of men and 63% of women in middle age are overweight or obese. Meanwhile obesity in adults has shot up 16% in the last 20 years. Apparently, many middle aged adults can’t identify what a ‘healthy’ body looks like, suggesting obesity has become the new normal, according to this research
But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and later in life. The quiz, called ‘How Are You’, accumulates lifestyle information and then gives users a health score based on this information. Then it links to free localized, customizable information, apps and tools.
The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.