Over HALF of Britons determine if they are fit by looking in the MIRROR
OVER half of Britons delude themselves into thinking they are fit and healthy by simply looking at their bodies in the mirror, a survey has revealed.
And 51 per cent of the population would only change their day-to-day lifestyle if they had a serious warning from their GP, the research found.
The study exposed UK adults’ misguided approach to health monitoring which appears to be based on us assuming we are fine as long as we look all right.
People are terrible at judging how fit they are, preferring to look at themselves in the mirror (or, as in the case of the illustration in the article, to get their older sister to stand in her underwear on the other side of a hole in the wall, apparently). The finding that people can’t be trusted to keep care of themselves is useful, given that it comes from a private health firm:
The survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by Bupa Health Clinics, found people in Bristol agonise for eight weeks before deciding to see a doctor by far the longest in the country.
Perhaps it’s time to stop agonising and to commit to seeing someone about that niggling health condition, right Bupa?
Philip Luce of Bupa said: “This research shows that despite the fantastic advances we’ve made in medicine Britons still take an age-old approach to their health.
“In fact, people are more likely to visit a doctor if they can see something unusual or different about their body than if they’ve been feeling unwell for a few days.
“I’d encourage people to check in on how they’re feeling more often, whether that’s a health check or a quick overview from day to day.”
And if you’re wondering where you can get one of those health checks done, I’m sure Bupa have some suggestions.