Unhealthy Brits are costing themselves money every year through their lifestyle choices, according to new research from Bupa.
According to the findings, making healthier lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and becoming more active can have an immediate impact on people's wallets:
- Smokers who successfully quit will find, on average, an extra £1,555 in their pocket at the end of the year. If they quit between the ages of 30 and 49 they could enjoy an average additional income of £7,186 per annum in middle age due to increased life expectancy
- People suffering from obesity could reduce their future earning power by as much as £500 per annum because qualifications, skills and experience become out-dated during long-term absences from work caused by their conditions.
Dr Peter Mace of Bupa says, "This study reveals the true cost of unhealthy lifestyle choices. 70 % want to make a positive change to improve their health in 2011. While ultimately it is up to individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices, there is a huge opportunity for healthcare providers and employers to play their part in empowering individuals to live more healthily. “
Bupa has launched a health pledge campaign, calling on the public to make a pledge to achieve their health goals - quit smoking, eat more healthily or do more exercise.