The head of the NHS Information Centre has called on health professionals to find ways of cutting obesity levels.
The plea comes after a report from the body which revealed a gulf between how much exercise UK adults say they undertake and how much they actually do.
The report found that only one in 10 people who think they get enough exercise actually hit the Government’s recommended target of 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week or more.
Some 16,000 households were surveyed in the report which also revealed a gulf between the sexes, with men staying active outside of work for 13.9 days a month, compared with 12.2 days for women. Men were more likely to spend time gardening, walking and taking part in sports, whereas women were more likely to undertake heavy housework.
The NHS Information Centre’s chief executive, Tim Straughan, said: “What’s clear is that there is a stark mismatch between how much adults say they are doing and what they are doing in reality.
“This is a worrying finding and health professionals need to find ways of addressing this to reduce the levels of obesity and weight-related ill health.”