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Britons’ two fingers to the nanny state as we are drinking more, getting fatter but living longer.Britons’ two fingers to the nanny state as we are drinking more, getting fatter but living longer.

Health Direct wonders if you had a good weekend- as nearly a quarter of the UK popultaion is overweight and the number of alcohol related deaths has more than doubled since the early nineties according to the Office for National Statistics.
Britons' two fingers to the nanny state as we are drinking more, getting fatter but living longer.Britons' two fingers to the nanny state as we are drinking more, getting fatter but living longer.The latest edition of the Social Trends report also reveals that one-in-five men and one-in-seven women over 16 drink more than double the recommended daily allowance of alcohol once a week.

The ONS has been capturing statistical data since the 1970’s on the way that we live.

During that time, life expectancy has increased by almost 10 years for men, who on average live until they are 77.8 years old, and seven years for women, who lived on average until they are 82.

The number of heavy smokers has fallen from 26 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women to seven and five per cent respectively.

Mr Hughes said: “Health is undoubtedly an important indicator and life expectancy is a good indicator of the national health.”

Mr Hughes said: “The statistics highlight some of the main social changes over the last four decades. We are now living longer, less of us get married, and household sizes are smaller.”

“More of us have cars, women are having babies later in life, and more of our household spending goes on housing, water and fuel.”

Mr Hughes said: “It is interesting that more than two thirds of people aged 18 and over in Great Britain believe that they do not need a partner to be happy and fulfilled in life.”

The latest analysis of the way we live also shows that UK residents are taking nearly 40 million more foreign holidays than in the 1970s, with Spain remaining the most popular destination.

This year’s edition of Social Trends will be the last available in paper form, showing how even our statistical analysis is moving with the times, Mr Hughes said.

From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/Britons-are-drinking-more-getting-fatter-but-living-longer-official-figures-show

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