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Recession affecting health, study shows

Recession affecting health, study shows

Category: Life insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 21/04/2009

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The economic downturn is having a negative effect on Britons' health, research has indicated.

According to PruHealth's Vitality Index, which tracks several trends including diet, exercise and stress, nearly one-fifth of people now admit to leading unhealthy lifestyles.

The health insurer also revealed that money worries are prompting people to cut back on foods that are good for them, as they are perceived to be more expensive.

PruHealth rewards policy holders for engaging in healthy behaviour and chief executive Shaun Matisonn noted that motivating people to adapt is key to improving the situation.

"We need to find a way of helping people to stop thinking about what they should be doing for their health and actually doing it," he said.

Meanwhile, The Co-operative Bank has found that many Britons are running out of disposable income by the 20th of each month, leaving them to rely on credit cards and overdrafts until they are paid.

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