The failure of Sheffield residents to follow basic health advice is leading to a region that is overweight, tired, unfit, poorly nourished and dehydrated, according to a new report.
About 100 people were questioned in Sheffield as part of research by Benenden Health to look at the state of the city’s residents.
It found that the average man in the city eats 3.6 portions of fruit and vegetables a day compared with the recommended five, drinks little more than a litre of water a day instead of two, sleeps for 6.9 hours a night instead of eight and smokes four cigarettes a day.
The average woman eats 3.3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, drinks 825ml of water a day instead of the recommended 1.6 litres, sleeps for 6.7 hours a night and smokes four cigarettes a day.
Sheffield fared better in the report for its alcohol figures.
Woman consume 7.4 units a week, less than the recommended 14, while men have 13.7 units - much less than the safe 21 units.
According to Benenden Health’s National Health Report 2014, Yorkshire is the third healthiest region in the UK.
Dr John Giles, medical director of Benenden Health, said: “At a time when modern medicine is making consistent major breakthroughs to give us longer lives and treat illnesses that even 20 years ago were fatal, the UK population appears to be doing everything in its power to make those extra years as unhealthy and miserable as possible.
Susan Hird, consultant in public health at Sheffield Council, added: “The results of this survey agree with what we already know about the lifestyles of people in Sheffield, which is that many of us could do more to live more healthily. In Sheffield, help to do this is at hand.”
She pointed to the Sheffield Stop Smoking Service helpline to help residents quit smoking and Activity Sheffield’s Miracle Cure scheme to help people get fit.