If you want to live as long as possible, eat well, take exercise, spend less time in the office and move to Cambridge!
Cambridge is the number one area of Britain for longevity amongst men, where they can expect to live six and a half years longer than those in Manchester, which is bottom of the life expectancy league. Male babies born in the early 1990s in Cambridge can expect an average life span of 76.6 years, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Unsurprisingly, inner city areas like Manchester, Liverpool, and South Tyneside are years below the Cambridge experience. The combination of the male culture and working class culture of heavy drinking, heavy smoking and eating too much fatty food puts men years below women for life expectancy rates.
Women have an average life expectancy of around 80.
Office life can pile on the pounds
As working hours seem to get longer, waistbands are getting bigger. Six in ten workers use staff canteens, but although healthy options are usually available on the menu, Britons tend not to pick them.
More than 50 per cent of workers have chips with lunch at least once a week; 40 per cent pick stodgy puddings and more than 30 per cent choose fry-ups.
Overweight people may become victims of unfair pressure. American researchers say that discrimination against the obese by employers could help to account for their findings that slimmer people and their families have on average more than twice as much money as the obese.
Health Department figures show that more than two-thirds of men and nearly six in ten women are now so heavy that their health is at risk. Male obesity has risen by 75 per cent in a decade while the number of female heavyweights has increased by 45 per cent. Weight-related diseases are claiming 30,000 lives a year.
The rise in obesity among young children has also shocked Government health experts. The number of youngsters with weight problems has doubled in the last 20 years and one in ten six-year-olds, is now classed as obese.
Combat that unhealthy office lifestyle
- Choose the foods rich in all the vitamins and minerals and you’ll stay slimmer and healthier and boost your short-term memory and alertness.
- A sedentary lifestyle means you need to eat less than more active people.
- Carbohydrates in high-fibre breakfast cereals give long term energy – but sugary snacks only provide a fast blood-sugar surge and will leave you feeling drained later.
- Avoid heavy lunches – they make you tired. Salads or sandwiches are better and include oily fish – salmon or tuna – at least once a week. (Fish can also give your memory a boost).
- Don’t drink more than two or three cups of tea or coffee a day, and then stick to water.
- Simple regular exercise like walking 20 minutes a day or taking the stairs instead of the lift reduces the risk of numerous disorders.
- Nutrients from fresh vegetables, unroasted nuts and seeds, and whole grains will improve your skin condition and help you feel healthier.
- Substitute fresh fruit for crisps and biscuits when you get the mid-morning munchies. Health experts recommend we eat five different fruit or vegetables each day to stay healthy.