UK health crisis a ‘ticking time-bomb’ for NHS: report | Leisure Opportunities
Leisure Opportunities

Leisure Opportunities

Job Search
see all jobs
Job opportunities
KORE Software
Stevenage Leisure Limited
Oakham, United Kingdom
YMCA Fylde Coast
£8.65 per hour or £16,867.50 pa
Fylde/Wyre District, United Kingdom
Wycombe Abbey School
Circa £18,000 pa
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Wyboston Lakes
From £15,500 plus commissions and bonuses
Wyboston, Bedford, United Kingdom

UK health crisis a ‘ticking time-bomb’ for NHS: report

Job opportunities
Stevenage Leisure Limited
location: Oakham, United Kingdom
Sandown Sports Club
£18,785 per annum
Inspiring healthy lifestyles
£25,390 - £30,119 per annum
location: Selby, United Kingdom
more jobs

Britain is in the grip of a perilous health crisis, with the average person failing to follow seven out of eight basic health guidelines, according to a new report.

The National Health Report 2014 by Benenden Health questioned 4,000 people across the UK about their health habits, concluding that “wilful neglect” of health guidelines is leading to a population that is overweight, overtired, unfit, poorly nourished and dehydrated – presenting a “ticking time-bomb” for the NHS.

The report finds that the average UK male eats 3.3 portions of his ‘5 a day’; has an ‘overweight class’ BMI of 26.2; only drinks 953ml of water a day; sleeps for 6.4 hours a night; does 73 minutes of cardio a week and 1.4 muscle strengthening workouts; smokes 3.8 cigarettes a day; and drinks 13.6 units of alcohol a week. Of these eight measures, only the level of alcohol consumption falls within recommended guidelines.

From an exercise perspective, many of the findings echo those from ukactive’s recent Turning the Tide of Inactivity report. There is evidence of a strong regional divide in terms of activity levels, with people in the south east of England far more likely to reach recommended exercise levels than other areas. The report found that despite recommendations to undertake muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week, barely one in 10 people in the UK (11 per cent) actually manage to do so, while 62 per cent of people in the south west region don’t do any muscle strengthening at all.

Those behind the report said the public is aware of what should be done to maintain good health, but chooses to ignore guidelines in the knowledge that the NHS is on hand to “pick up the pieces.”

“At a time when modern medicine is making consistent major breakthroughs to give us longer lives and treat illnesses that even 20 years ago were fatal, the UK population appears to be doing everything in its power to make those extra years as unhealthy and miserable as possible,” said medical director of Benenden Health, Dr John Giles.

“We cannot continually rely on the NHS to pick up the pieces of our below average approach to looking after ourselves: this laissez-faire approach is massively overburdening our country’s health service.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Britain is in the grip of a perilous health crisis, with the average person failing to follow seven out of eight basic health guidelines, according to a new report.


Fitness franchise énergie Group has opened thé Yard - a new signature training concept that will be rolled out at its énergie and Fit4less clubs ... Read more
Swiss artist Felice Varini and the Chilean architecture practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen have been commissioned to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in the historic ... Read more
Tech startup Neurable has taken virtual reality to the next level, creating computer interfaces for the brain to allow users to control the technology using ... Read more
The historic Grayshott Spa in Surrey has been acquired by Austria-based health and medical resort specialists the Lanserhof Group. The family-run Lanserhof, which owns spas ... Read more
A curatorial development fund worth £500,000 (US$645,000, €550,000) has been created to help already established curators of museums and galleries in the UK learn new ... Read more
The All England Club is pushing forward with its plans to cover the No. 1 Court at Wimbledon. The new, retractable roof will form part ... Read more
Active IQ
Active IQ
One of the biggest misconceptions made in the physical activity sector is that retired people cannot train hard. Writing in the latest issue of Health ... Read more
One of the UK's biggest destination spas, the Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in the village of Thorpe le Soken, Essex, has had expansion plans scuppered ... Read more
Table Tennis England’s public funding has been reinstated after the national governing body finally agreed to a package of reforms compliant with the government’s Code ... Read more
An increasing number of local authority-owned leisure centres are being upgraded with spa facilities, as operators embrace the emerging trend to provide members with wellness. ... Read more
Brentford Football Club has revised plans for its new stadium, with the capacity set to decrease from 20,000 seats to 17,250. The Championship team has ... Read more
The official reopening of the redeveloped Westway Sport & Fitness Centre in North Kensington has been used to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower ... Read more
Focus Training
Focus Training
Around 250,000 holidaymakers from China spent more than £1bn in the UK last year, marking the increased importance of the country to the UK’s tourism ... Read more
A new spa and hotel could be developed in the village of Chipping, in the Forest of Bowland. Kirk Mill, with its 11-acres (4.5-hectare) of ... Read more
The team behind family-run gym operator truGym has launched a 1,600sq ft (149sq m) HIIT (high-intensity interval training) boutique studio in Bromley, Kent, with plans ... Read more
1 - 15 of 36,644