Out of shape nation

Eight in 10 middle-aged Britons 'are overweight or exercise too little'

Public Health England launches campaign aimed at 40 to 60-year-olds, 83% of whom weigh too much or drink above guidelines

Eight out of 10 of middle-aged people in the UK weigh too much, drink too much or do not exercise enough, analysis from Public Health England (PHE) shows.

Modern life is harming the health of the nation, according to the organisation, which has launched a campaign, One You, aimed at the 83% of 40 to 60-year-olds – 87% of men and 79% of women in this age bracket – who are overweight or obese, exceed the chief medical officer’s alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive.

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Out of shape nation Quiz

Choose the correct option. All sentences are taken from the article.

  1. Obesity in adults ___ by 16% in the past 20 years.

  2. has risen

  3. ... it’s ___ in middle age that are suffering the consequences most...

  4. these

  5. ... with the rate ___ the 40-60 age group doubling in the past 20 years.

  6. between

  7. ... but the consequences of doing ___ can be catastrophic.

  8. nothing

  9. There are an estimated 11.9 million people ___ increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes ...

  10. in

  11. ... and more than one million who already have the condition, but have not ___ been diagnosed.

  12. still

  13. Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications ___ amputation, blindness ...

  14. as
    such as

  15. we want ___ seek the help they need to lose weight

  16. people to
    that people

  17. ... and offers advice on how ___ eat better...

  18. can they
    they can

  19. ... and sometimes their own health is the ___ of their priorities.

  20. less


Luis Carlos Fernández said…
Wohooo, 10/10.
Graham said…
Hi Luis,

Why doesn't that surpise me? haha

Well done!

Did you do equally as well in the health test?