Not as healthy as we think?
While British people generally believe they are doing enough to look after their own health, a new report published by Benenden reveals the reality is actually quite different.
The seventh annual health survey focuses on the British public’s personal responsibility to health and their response to government-set guidelines.
The survey has found that:
- 73% of British adults don’t eat five portions of fruit and/or vegetables a day
- 8% drink alcohol every day
- 25% exercise less than once a month
- 75% don’t get their recommended eight hours of sleep
Despite this, 71% of those surveyed believe they are taking enough responsibility for their health.
The report, Are we doing enough to support our own health? Is the Government?, has examined parliament’s role in promoting personal responsibility for health. It finds that 62% of adults believe the Government isn’t doing enough to encourage people to take personal responsibility for their health, and 64% don’t believe the Government is taking the right approach to encouraging people to take personal responsibility for their health.
In conclusion, the Benenden report states:
“Our survey reveals major contradictions between people’s belief that they are doing enough to take care of their health … The results of the Benenden survey also indicate the general public believe that the Government is not doing enough to support them.”
Paul Keenan, Head of Communications, said: “We all need to take greater responsibility for our own health and for us here at Benenden, the survey results will help us to look at ways in which we can engage and encourage our members, and the general public as a whole, to take more personal responsibility for health and wellbeing.”
Read the whole report here