4 Out Of 5 Middle-Aged Brits Are Fat, Lazy Drunks; New Study Finds

Tyler Durden's picture

A new study just released from Public Health England concludes that 4 out of 5 Brits between the ages of 40 - 60 are fat, lazy and/or alcoholics, characteristics which the study shockingly found to be having an adverse effect on the group's long-term health. 

The study, which compared data collected from 40 - 60 year olds between 2011 - 2013 to similar data collected 20 years prior found that Brits, both men and women, were almost universally less healthy on nearly every metric tested...a fact that researchers attributed to the sedentary nature of our modern lifestyles. 

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 condition, 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.


We know that people often bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their general health but the consequences of doing nothing can be catastrophic. There are an estimated 11.9 million people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the UK because of their lifestyle and more than one million who already have the condition but have not yet been diagnosed.


Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications such as amputation, blindness, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. We know how hard it is to change the habits of a lifetime but we want people to seek the help they need to lose weight, stop smoking and take more exercise.

As Dr. Joan Costa-Font of the London School of Economics points out, while our lifestyles have certainly grown more sedentary over the decades our caloric intake has not changed to match the decline in activity.  Per RT:

“Typically, life in the 21st century might mean a commute into a desk-based occupation, and three or four meals a day, leading to many people consuming more calories than their lifestyles require,” said London School of Economics researcher Dr. Joan Costa-Font.


“We still eat like our parents did, or worse, but we don’t move around nearly as much as they did. People no longer have to visit each other to hold a face-to-face conversation, they can simply Skype. We jump in the car or the bus or the Tube rather than walking.


“As lifestyles have slowed down and become more sedate, people haven’t amended their calorie intake accordingly. We should all eat less.”

Looking at the actual figures, over 75% of men sampled in 2011-2013 were considered overweight with over 30% of those considered obese/severely obese compared to only 16%, 20 years prior.



While not quite as bad as the men, 28% of women were also found to be obese/severely obese compared to 20%, 20 years ago.



Meanwhile, even though British men seem to be drinking about as much as they did 20 years ago...



...a lot more British women seem to be joining the party these days than back in the early 90s.



And, of course, all the extra fun has it's consequences as the occurrence of heart disease, diabetes and mental disorders have all soared among British men....



...and women.



Oh well, we hear the last 10 years are the least fun anyway....Party on, middle-aged Brits!

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AlexCharting's picture

While I am generally a free market capitalist, it is dysfunctional in food and beverage industry... creating societies with a bunch of drunk fatsos. 

Yuri Bezmenov's picture

destabilization (2-5 years), this time subverter does not care about your ideas and the patterns of your consumption weither you eat junk food and get fat and floffy doesn't matter anymore. What does matter is essentials: economy, foreigh relations and defense systems. And you can see it quite clearly that in some areas, in such sensitive areas as defense and economy the influence of Leninst/Marxist ideology is absolutely fantastic!

Overfed's picture

C'mon Whitey, reclaim your birthright! Don't let white genocide succeed.

AVmaster's picture

And they are pedophiles too.


More brits get pinched for little boys n girls than anything else, according to their very own scotland yard...

Muh Raf's picture

It's disappointing that the Tylers are still so p*ss*d up from their seasonal indulgencies that they completely failed to include fashion tips from the Kardashians along with this insightful analysis. Fat, p*ss*d up British lager louts. And? That's news? Simple solution to this problem is to re-instate football hooliganism to it's traditional and proper place. Running after rival fans and having punch ups are great exercise for working off all those beer fuelled calories. 

Paul Kersey's picture

The term "fat and happy", is an oxymoron. A lot of these people have just given up. If you want to see this for yourself, then just go to your nearest American Walmart and check out the land manatees at the checkout stand, with carts full of packaged food, chips and diet soda, and watch them pay for it all with food stamps. The poor are far more obese than the rich, and the number of poor folks in the debt serf class just continues to grow.


Remember the old saying, "You can't be too rich or too thin"? Well, few Yanks and Brits, anymore, can be accused of being either, Walmart and the invasion of the scooter people: 



The Ram's picture

It's just a form of natural selection.  Hopefully, the fatties will start passing away in their 30's and 40's, and eventually in their 20's and 30's.  Eventually, nature thins the herd whether its from too much or too little nourishing food. Nothing to worry about here.  Nature is self-aware and intelligent.  Just be on natures side if you want to live longer.

SmackDaddy's picture

If you want the full experience, go to Wal-Mart on the first of the month.....

Vatican_cameo's picture


With the onslaught of the "Muzzie Invasion" overtaking GB, in a few years that study will be more positive.  I'm sure that "Shorting" Pork Rinds is probably a safe bet too.

effendi's picture

Wrong, muslims (especially women as their clothing choices limit wearing gym gear) are more likely to be very fat. The 5 countries with the worlds highest percentage of fat women are all in the Middle East. 

tmosley's picture


Good one, Schlomo.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's not free market capitalism or "the demands of modern day living" as the "scientists" claim, anyone with a PhD should know better than include such tripe in an academic paper.  It is the result of the irrational CHOICES of lazy self absorbed fat fuck snowflakes who don't give a damn and don't have the cognitive capacity to draw a simple straight line between cause and effect, or the discipline to act on that knowledge.  If they gave a damn they would find a free market way to lose the excess fat.  I'm a middle aged male, I have the same "demands of modern day living" my spending would actually put me under the poverty line here in Switzerland (ex business travel) and I have about 10% bodyfat (+/- 1%).  In my village of about 2000 people there TWO fat asses who could be confused with people of Walmart, about 20 simple fatsos, and about 10%-15% of the population that is mildy overweight.  Economics is the study of the rational allocation of scarce resources.

Ghordius's picture

Urban Redneck, your theory of choices is nice

but it does not explain why Britons are approaching fast US levels, while continental europeans are still far from that, particularly in your Switzerland

how many Walmarts in Zürich, where you live near? how many in your 2'000 souls Swiss village? scarce resources? in Switzerland?

something is fattening/killing Americans. something is fattening/killing Britons

"lazy self absorbed fat fuck snowflakes" might be a description, but is not a cause

are you seriously saying that Anglo-Saxons have some cognitive problems which Continentals don't? in my team you'd find half that would agree on that over a few bottles of liquor, but... really, is it seriously that what you are saying?

Grimaldus's picture

Fast carbs and sugars.

Quit eating those "peasant" foods that are nothing but fast carbs and sugars and the weight drops off like magic.

The grocery stores here present entire aisles, both sides stacked with fast carbs, sugars and man-made vegetable oils.

The food industry does not care if they sell "killer" food.

And the people readily consume foods that will kill them, just like they consume progressive politics that will kill them.






konputa's picture

Exactly. Stop eating cereals. Stop eating industrial food. Eat high quality, natural meat and vegetables that you cook yourself. Hell, grow some of it yourself if you have the option. Lose the weight and then get your asses back in shape. It's not that difficult and you will have zero regrets.

Bastiat's picture

When it comes to "cereal," (grains as opposed to the crap that comes in a box) there's a big difference between whole grains and refined grains.  Yes whole wheat ground to a powder is as bad as white flower in some respects but whole oats and barley, for istance,  are very healthy foods.  I believe this is what distinction Grimaldus made about referring to "fast" carbs.

no ice's picture

That's right.  Fruits and vegetables....you know, real food....don't make you fat. And, they're not expensive.  Packaged crap, sweets, restaurant food and all that other fake shit will make you fat.  Avoid "foods" and drinks that cause addiction like sugar, aspartame, booze, simple carbs like breads and cookies.  It's real simple.  Eat real food and get some sort of exercise daily and you won't get fat.  

In the words of Jack Lalanne, "If man made it, it's bad.  If nature made it, it's good."  


logicalman's picture

When you look at the ingredients on most packaged food it looks more like a chemistry set than something to eat.

I think, half the time, you'd be better throwing away the contents and eating the box!

Real food cooked from scratch and excercise are the best health care program you can get.

62 next week - BMI 20

Good for 40-50 miles on a mountain bike too.

Getting old sucks, which is why I fight it so hard


EmeraldWI's picture

If more people returned to the production of food, land and labor could be viewed more as capital rather than a commodity. Most food quality is poor or questionable, consumers are denied information by the producers, and land and labor are being consumed instead of being improved. Factory farms are bad news in any economic system.

The second largest grocery store in Switzerland is... a co-op. 

Coop Cooperative (German pronunciation: [?ko?p]) is one of Switzerland's largest retail and wholesale companies. It is structured in the form of a cooperative society with around 2.5 million members. --from Wikepedia

carlnpa's picture

It could be the glyphosate that is sprayed over all our grains just prior to harvest as a drying agent.

Ghordius's picture

three replies, but still not anything that would explain why Continentals have less of those problems

Urban Redneck's picture

Because no Continental wants DSK's fat ass at their orgies, unless he is picking up the tab for the hookers.  Happy New Years! 

Grimaldus's picture

The answer you choose to ignore is there.

It is diet.







DosZap's picture

It's called PUSHAWAY DIET.

malek's picture

Oh I tell you why, Ghordius.

Because your statement of Continentals have less of those problems [than Brits] is spurious reasoning at best,
and Switzerland has always been a little late to new trends, good or bad.
Wait 10 years and they'll catch up.

Now link us to stats that show other Continentals such as good ol' Germany are much less obese than Brits!

Urban Redneck's picture

The Migros in my neighborhood has the same selection of relatively crappy food and ingredients that a Waitrose does in the UK (and they are both tiny selections compared to what one encounters in the US).  Many people are looking for a simple/single material cause for the effect.  I think the material inputs are immaterial to the outcome.  I'm doing my end of year accounting and so far I have spent less than CHF 40k this year including rent and health insurance, so the cost of (somewhat) real food at the (self) limited selection at the grocery store isn't making me fat.  Moreover rational choice theory postulates that an individual will make a choice between alternatives for the choice that provides the greatest personal benefit.  So the way I see it- either 1) people (US, UK, Mexico, et al) have decided that there is minimal (or no) personal benefit to NOT becoming a land whale, or 2) people in those countries are behaving irrationally.  

The 2 glasses of Feldschlösschen that comprised my mostly liquid lunch were perhaps not the most rational choices, but neither do they necessitate a day on the ski slopes to correct.  The US with its "car culture" and poor urban planning has at least a minimal excuse, the UK, not so much.  It's more like continental Europe than the US in that regard, and in the US it's not just the rural population that no longer physically works the land that is morbidly obese.  People are actively choosing to lead more sedentary lifestyles and to consume more (unhealthy) food than they need and they are actively choosing not to do anything about those extra kilos they keep adding.  This is like a collective psychological cancer of individuals that originated in the US and has spread to Mexico and the UK, but the spread is not following the trade routes of agribusiness, big pharma, or municipal water companies that seem to be most often blamed by the obese for creating their condition.

TV, smartphones, all you eat buffet lines and supersized portions, BBW porn... these are symptoms, not causes.    

Ghordius's picture

"This is like a collective psychological cancer of individuals that originated in the US and has spread to Mexico and the UK, but the spread is not following the trade routes of agribusiness, big pharma, or municipal water companies that seem to be most often blamed by the obese for creating their condition. "

any correlation with... snowflaking? that "don't bother me with facts, I have a belly full of opinions that don't need facts"?

that "the biggest influence and news-carrying thing in my life is... adverts telling me I am fully entitled to my opinions even when devoid of facts because I am special, special, a very special snowflake"?

careful there: "collective psychological cancer of individuals"... or excess of individualism?

if I am urged by cultural forces to enshrine total solipsims on myself... then "I can't be fat. I am automatically right, perfect, whatever"

"I am King Customer, so the ads tell me". oh, and cultural feedback is... for collectivist communists

Urban Redneck's picture

I think there are a lot of (overly) simple names that could be given the cancer- political correctness, advertising, esteem building, nihilism, immoderation, libertine gluttony and on and on.

I think there is an element at play of the peculiar conception of 'Murican individualism, but because it isn't actually mirror opposite/reflection of continental collectivism that it's more of a tempting (vacant) rabbit hole.  Even with collective normalization of obesity, it is still an individual choice to allow oneself to degenerate like that.

So I'm back basically where I started with an irrational (collective) rationalization of otherwise irrational, counterproductive and unhealthy behavior, but I don't think this can be solved by textbook state interference in the marketplace to alter prices in pursuit of the technocrats greater (collective) good.  

Ghordius's picture

+1 and at the end, I come back to my point: culture

one simple word, but it encompasses everything, including politics, particularly on how to make politics

Brits, for example, experienced imho a break-down in cultural restraints

best visible, still imho, when they started to push bankers after the panic and... nearly nothing happened

itstippy's picture

I used to use the term "cultural trait" but have found that many people immediately think I'm being racist because what they hear is "racial trait".  So now I use the term "social convention" or "social norm".

It's a French social convention to stop what you're doing and spend two hours enjoying small portions of excellent food, taking teeny bites and spending a lot of "meal time" talking and looking around at the scenery or other people.  The very act of eating burns more calories than the food they're taking in provides!

It's a U.S. social convention to snack on high-calorie convenience foods all day while engaged in work, and also take three meal breaks a day where one focusses solely on eating huge quantities of salty greasy goodness.


Two Americans are the equal of six Frenchmen, in girth anyway.


Urban Redneck's picture

One of my other pet peeves with humanity - Words are not ideas, they only represent ideas.  So the words Ghordius uses to represent an idea in his head conjure a completely different idea in your head, despite everyone writing in the same language...  It's no wonder humanity is caught in a perpetual Rinse, Repeat cycle.

TheGardener's picture

What is that "healthy weight" the study is referring too ? BMI ? I`d call BS, when I was mean and lean working out hard every day and doing martial arts all those "excess" muscles counted against me which I should not have had under the BMI doctrine.  Hunters are required to recognize the age of their game by body features and agility of movements. Apply that experience  to humans and you can give an approximation of age from hundreds of yards away. 

I agree on the part that middle aged persons are in the process of needing a fraction of the food intake they got used to and would love to continue to digest. Yet they would still feature higher on that one-weight-for-all stupid scale of a "healthy weight", each age has it`s weights to be adjusted

for or those surveys serve no purpose except the usual scaremongering .


P.S. Hunters ethics require them to relieve underweight creatures from their pain...middle aged animals should be well rounded or will be judged not making it through the next winter anyway !


4freedom78's picture

Make pay the healthcare for ill related to smoke and obesity than you will see how fast people stay fit.

no ice's picture

Unfortunately that will never happen because the system-the medical industrial complex- wants a sick population, customers from cradle to grave who take their poison pills to "manage" high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.... There is no money in healthy people.  

myne's picture

Dangerous ideological slope there. 


Regardless, it's probably based on BMI. BMI works on the square of height. Which works fine if you're flat as paper. It doesn't work if you're 3 dimensional and tall. 

Wulfkind's picture

Just wait until robots and AI take their jobs.  Everybody will be at the pub guzzling pints and noshing on bangers and mash.

_ArC_'s picture

ZH must be running out of stories.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Not as bad the Onion becoming too realistic. They might even be wothy of Pulitzer some day for journalistic integrity and stellar fact checking habits compared to MSM competition.

apadictionary's picture

nice. mission accomplished. -Yours friendly neighborhood george soros.

Innominate's picture

This is from a .gov site.

They want MOAR money to "save" us.

Obviously fake news.


kappal_toba_dhurr_ne_thook's picture

Oh bloody ass!  What a useless bugger-all story!

Grandad Grumps's picture

Yes, pick some more fights with "deplorables". Idiots!

DetectiveStern's picture

When your 30 inch waist pants stop fitting you buy 32 inch. How do you get to 40 inches without thinking something might be going wrong here. If any of my clothes stop fitting I know it's time to shape up a bit.

Stu Elsample's picture

Spot on. I've been wearing 32s for the last 35 years. I know that it's diet time when the spare tire makes fastening the pants difficult.

MCDirtMigger's picture

What I'm thinking when my pants no longer fit is " why did they start making my bloody knickers smaller?"

anheromachine's picture

This is my favorite trend.

OliverAnd's picture

The problem is not them but the society they live in.  Obesity, laziness, drinking are all signs of depression and hopelessness.  

Captain Chlamydia's picture

So, do not change anything then. Or maybe it should be a stimulus to change society?