People across the North East are being urged to take better care of their health after figures showed eight-out-of-ten middle aged adults weigh too much.

Public Health England (PHE) statistics reveal adults in the North East are above the national average when it comes to a number of risk factors, including rates of physical inactivity, obesity and smoking.

Across the region 52% per cent of adults do less than the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise, over 68% percent are overweight or obese, over 18% per cent smoke and 25% drink over 14 units per week.

Alongside these risk factors, Type 2 diabetes is also an area touched on by the “How Are You?” quiz, especially as people who are overweight are more at risk of developing the disease. Currently, 8.9 per cent of North East residents have diabetes, a figure which is forecast to jump to 9.7 per cent by 2035, unless more is done to improve peoples’ lifestyles.

“People are busy with work, with families, with the hustle and bustle of daily life and sometimes their own health is the least of their priorities. “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."

Claire Sullivan, Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing for Public Health England in the North East

“The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation, and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their health reaches worrying new levels. “Over 15 million Britons are living with a long term health condition6, and busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.” >

Professor Sir Muir Gray, Clinical Adviser for the One You campaign