Compared to their peers across the world, middle-aged Britons have a higher chance of suffering depression, being obese and being smokers, new research has revealed.
Bupa Health Pulse conducted a study into health and lifestyle, questioning more than 13,000 people from 12 different countries.
It found that the nation with the most consistent set of unhealthy results among people aged between 45 and 54 was the UK.
More than 2,000 Britons took part in the research. People in the UK who are aged between 45 and 54 suffer worse physical and mental health problems than any other age group, it found.
The international average for the proportion of middle-aged people who are obese is 17%. In the UK, this figure is more than doubled, with 35% of 45 to 54-year-olds obese.
Bupa International medical director Dr Sneh Khemka said: “While Bupa’s research shows that no one country in the world has the perfect formula for good health, the fact that this middle-aged health crisis is a UK-dominant problem demonstrates that there is much we can and must learn from other countries.”