Over 80pc of middle aged adults are dangerously unhealthy, says UK Government
More than eight in ten middle aged adults are dangerously unhealthy because of a desk-bound work culture and family pressures, Government experts have warned.
New figures show 83pc of people between the ages of 40 and 60 are either drinking too much, are overweight or are not taking enough exercise.
The Health Survey for England shows that 77pc of men and 63pc of women in middle age are either overweight or obese - with the rate of obesity shooting up 16pc in the last two decades.
The diabetes rate among this age group also doubled in this period, according to Public Health England.
Meanwhile, many are also not being physically active and drinking too much.
The health body is encouraging adults to take its One You - How Are You health quiz which may highlight problems and areas for improvement.
"The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation, and it's those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels," said Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England.
"Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily.
"But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people's health now and in later life."
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at the Government body, said pressured lives meant they often forget to stay healthy.
"People are busy with work, with families, with the daily grind and sometimes their own health is the least of their priorities," he said.
Dan Howarth, head of care at Diabetes UK, added: "We know that people often bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their general health but the consequences of doing nothing can be catastrophic."