UK 'tops health problems age table'
Middle-aged Britons are more likely to be obese, smoke and suffer from depression than their peers around the world, a new study has found.
More than 13,000 people from 12 different countries were questioned about their health and lifestyle during the research.
The report, by Bupa Health Pulse, found that no other country showed such a consistent range of unhealthy results for 45 to 54-year-olds than the UK.
Researchers, who questioned more than 2,000 people in the UK, also found late-middle age is the toughest time health-wise for Britons - 45 to 54-year-olds suffer worse physical and mental health than all other generations.
The study found more than a third (35%) of British people aged between 45 and 54 are obese - more than double the international average for the same age group (17%).
The same age group was more likely to be obese in Australia (40%), Saudi Arabia (48%) and the US (49%), but it was only in the UK that the bracket showed consistent problems across a range of health issues.
According to the study, about a quarter (24%) of 45 to 54-year-old smokers get through 10 or more cigarettes a day, compared with an international average of 18%.
It also found more than a quarter (27%) of those polled in the age bracket said they suffer from depression, compared to 17% internationally.
Nearly half (45%) of the Britons in the age-group said they felt negative about their financial situation; 30% felt negative about their career; and 21% felt negative about life in general - all higher than international averages.
Internationally, 28% felt negative about their finances; 18% negative about their careers and 13% negative about life in general.