Welcome!

News Feed Item

A Weighty Issue: How Healthy is the UK?

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 11/03/12 -- Obesity continues to cause significant health risks to Brits. Asda Money looks at the health of the nation and comments on the growing crisis caused by obesity and how it could affect families across the country in the years to come.

Official figures(i) show that in 2009 almost a quarter of all adults in England were classified as obese. Obesity is just one of the growing major public health risks in the UK, weighing the nation down. For example, an obese woman is 13 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than a female who is not obese.

Unhealthy foods, excessive alcohol consumption and a lack of regular exercise or fitness could contribute to health problems. Obesity can lead to a number of health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, heart problems and cardiovascular disease.

Top tips to stay healthy:

Eating Well

Eating the right foods can make a significant difference to an individual's weight and health. A number of leading nutritionists and experts(ii) recommend eating five pieces of fruit or vegetables a day. These types of food help to maintain a balanced diet as they contain vital minerals and vitamins such as potassium, vitamin c and folate. It may be advisable to check which fruit or vegetables which count towards your five a day, for example, potatoes are not part of the five a day scheme, however other root vegetables are.

Keeping fit without the gym

There are a number of exercises that can be done without the use of a gym. Things in life are rarely free, however, keeping fit is one of them. Running and walking on a regular basis could help to keep weight loss down and improve health levels. Muscles can be toned using floor exercises, which can often be performed at home, and everyday household items can be used as weights.

Swimming is another great way of keeping fit, and more often than not, cheaper than gym passes. It is an activity that can be done at any age for any ability.

Know your alcohol units:

Alcohol contains calories which can all contribute towards weight can and health issues. One glass of wine for example could contain the same amount of calories as a slice of cake. Alcohol units are a way of measuring your alcoholic intake. Each type of alcoholic drink has a different number of untis, for example, one pint of beer or cider has 2.8 units and one medium glass of wine as 2.1 units.

Typical the recommended amount for women is 2-3 units a day and 3-4 for men(iii).

A number of celebrities embrace healthy living with regular trips to the gym, often assisted with a personal trainer. Singer and fashion designer Gwen Stefani works out five days a week to maintain her trim figure. (iv) Whilst you can take action to keep as fit and healthy as possible, you never know what life will throw at you and how easily you will be able to access medical help. Healthcare costs can be expensive and you could run up some debts as a result, especially if you cannot work due to illness. If you have dependants it is always a good idea to think about taking out life insurance.

Life insurance can help protect your loved ones and contribute towards costs when you are gone.

Notes for editors

The Health and Social Care Information Centre, NHS Statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet: England, 2011.

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/003_Health_Lifestyles/opad11/Statistics_on_Obesity_Physical_Activity_and_Diet_England_2011_revised_Aug11.pdf

(ii) 5 A DAY live well information from NHS online

(iii) Alcohol unit calculator - http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Alcohol-unit-calculator.aspx

(iv) 'I work out five days a week, I can't imagine not doing it.' Gwen Stefani quoted in the Daily Mail online.

About Asda Life Insurance:

Asda Advised Life Cover


--  Offers a higher level of cover 
--  Cover from just GBP 5(i) 
--  We compare the market and our award-winning advisers offer free no-
    obligation advice 
--  Choice of Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection or a
    combination 

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services Limited uses a selection of companies to provide its products and services. Please refer to www.ASDA.com/money for details of our product partners and the relevant terms and conditions for each of our products and services. Calls may be recorded and/or monitored.

Asda Instant Life Cover is provided by Ageas Protect Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA registration number 473752). Asda Financial Services Limited and Asda Stores Limited act as introducer appointed representatives to Ageas Protect Limited for Asda Instant Life Cover. Asda is a trademark of Asda Stores Limited.

Advice on Asda Advised Life Cover is provided by LifeSearch Limited, an Appointed Representative of Baigrie Davies and Company Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

(i) Price based on GBP 100,000 of level term cover over 20 years for a female aged 30 next birthday and in good health. Prices correct as at January 2012.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. Jack Norris reviews best practices to show how companies develop, deploy, and dynamically update these applications and how this data-first...
Intelligent Automation is now one of the key business imperatives for CIOs and CISOs impacting all areas of business today. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Boeggeman, VP Alliances & Partnerships at Ayehu, will talk about how business value is created and delivered through intelligent automation to today’s enterprises. The open ecosystem platform approach toward Intelligent Automation that Ayehu delivers to the market is core to enabling the creation of the self-driving enterprise.
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, shared examples from a wide range of industries – including en...
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management strategy that can monitor infrastructure health across data centers and end-user experience globally, while responding to control changes and system specification at the speed of today’s DevOps teams. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Gray, Chie...
Consumers increasingly expect their electronic "things" to be connected to smart phones, tablets and the Internet. When that thing happens to be a medical device, the risks and benefits of connectivity must be carefully weighed. Once the decision is made that connecting the device is beneficial, medical device manufacturers must design their products to maintain patient safety and prevent compromised personal health information in the face of cybersecurity threats. In his session at @ThingsExpo...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, discussed how to use Kubernetes to set up a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. H...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SkyScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SkyScale is a world-class provider of cloud-based, ultra-fast multi-GPU hardware platforms for lease to customers desiring the fastest performance available as a service anywhere in the world. SkyScale builds, configures, and manages dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-security...