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EARLY GRAVE: Three in four Brits fear current lifestyle and unhealthy habits will lead them to die early, says new study

  • The report reveals that almost nine in ten Brits admit to having habits and addictions which they are unable to stop

Three in four Brits fear their current lifestyle and unhealthy habits will lead them to an early grave, according to a new study.

A shocking new report has found that almost nine in ten Brits admit to having habits and addictions which they feel powerless to break.

And the findings show an overwhelming 85 per cent have a genuine fear that their current lifestyle will make them ill, while three quarters believe the way they currently live will lead them to die too early.

According to the survey, three quarters of the nation have attempted to improve their lifestyles by cutting down on drinking, eating more healthily and exercising more, only to slip back into unhealthy habits again.

26 per cent say the stresses and strains of modern life are the main barrier they face when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, leading to habits and addictions such as overeating and binge drinking.

And the same number blamed depression for their unhealthy and inactive lifestyles.

The study comes just a month after ONS figures revealed the number of alcohol related deaths in the UK have reached a ten-year high, with more men and women dying of alcohol-related diseases in 2018 than during the previous peak in 2008.

Daniel Sobhani, CEO of Freeletics, which commissioned the study as part its Dare to be Free campaign, said: “It’s extremely worrying that the majority of the nation are not living the healthiest lives they could be. With our new campaign, we aim to encourage the public to free themselves from exercise excuses and dare to better their lifestyle.

“I am optimistic that 2019 will be the year people discover how simple and rewarding regular exercise can really be.”

The research also looked at the weakest excuses that people give for not exercising, with bad weather (18 per cent), wanting to catch a TV show (12 per cent), and not wanting to get too sweaty (7 per cent) featuring on the list.

When looking at what motivates the nation to try to be healthier, the study found that the top motivation was people wanting to be the best they can (38 per cent), followed by their partner (27 per cent), their family (26 per cent) and their children (25 per cent)