Forget smoking, drinking and bad diet, the symptoms of modern living are of
greater concern to people’s health, according to new research by health insurer Legal & General.
The latest findings from the Legal & General Health Uncovered Index suggests that lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep (42%), general fatigue (34%) and stress (27%) caused by everyday living are of greater concern than smoking, exercise or a balanced diet.
As part of its ongoing study into the nation’s top health concerns, Legal & General asked a GB representative sample of more than 5,000 people a range of questions on health and well-being issues they had worried about during the last three months.
Top five health concerns:
Lack of exercise
Lack of sleep
Availability of NHS dentists
Stressed by daily routine
Despite more than half the population being over-weight (51%)**, the findings show that fewer people are worried about their diet now than they did in January. One in five worry about food additives, for example, salt, colourings and preservatives.
Chris Rolland, Director HealthCare at Legal & General said: “Far from echoing the Government’s views on health, these findings show that the public’s concerns are different. It’s becoming clear that people are far more worried about the way we live our lives, the lack of sleep and stress than smoking and drinking. There are few things more important in life than our health; so it is vital that people look at the causes of a poor lifestyle to ensure their health is not compromised and hopefully prevent burn-out.”
“For busy Brits, health insurance cover could provide a welcome solution to getting themselves back on track with their lives if they should fall ill. Legal & General would encourage people to consider taking out some cover to help provide valuable support or check the cover they do have, regularly, to ensure it still meets the challenges of today’s hectic lifestyle.”
Private medical insurance : News update: September 2006