'Middle age health crisis' warning

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Middle-aged people in face a health crisis because of unhealthy lifestyles, experts have warned. Desk jobs, fast food and the daily grind are taking their toll, says Public . Eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise, the government body warns. PHE wants people to turn over a new leaf in 2017 and make a pledge to get fit.   officials say the "sandwich generation" of people caring for children and ageing parents do not take enough time to look after themselves. Exercises you can do at your desk Do fitness apps actually work?  We are living longer, but are in poorer health because we store up problems as we age.  The campaign's clinical adviser, Prof Muir Gray, said it was about trying to make people have a different attitude to an "environmental problem". "Modern life is dramatically different to even 30 years ago," Prof Gray told Radio 4's Today programme. "People now drive to work and sit at work." "By taking action in mid-life... you can reduce your risk not only of type 2 diabetes, which is a preventable condition, but you can also reduce your risk of dementia and disability and, being a burden to your family," he added. Many people no longer recognise what a healthy body weight looks like, say the officials - and obesity, which greatly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, is increasingly considered normal.  The PHE website and app has a quiz that gives users a health score based on their lifestyle habits by asking questions such as, "Which snacks do you eat in a normal day?" and "How much exercise do you get every day?"Wake up call The questions are simple, but the results are revealing, says Prof Kevin Fenton, director of and Wellbeing at PHE.  "The How Are You Quiz will help anyone who wants to take a few minutes to take stock and find out quickly where they can take a little action to make a big difference to their health." Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Dr Ellie Cannon said PHE recognised that the "sandwich generation" was "incredibly busy". "This is about making small changes that can have this really big improvement for your long-term health," she added. "People want this, people want the help... it is not encouraging people to take on board anything expensive or anything complicated." More than a million people have taken the quiz so far. One of them is Lee Parker, who is 41 and from Bolton. He did the quiz in March before starting at in August.  He says it was his son who provided a much-needed wake-up call. Lee's son, who is now eight, told him he loved him "even though you are fat".  This was the final nudge that Lee says he needed.  Weighing more than 22 stone, Lee started tot and exercise and lost just over five stone in 16 weeks.  His partner has joined in and has lost two and a half stone. In April 2017, Lee will be taking part in the Manchester marathon. He says: "You can become very complacent when you are in your forties. You kind of think you've done ever

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