Average 50-year old fitter than 25-year-old

by Ellie Omahoney

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The average 50-year-old is now healthier and fitter than someone half their age, a study claims.

Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. In comparison the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week.

And while those in their mid-20s have three takeaways a month, the older generation have only one.

The study, commissioned by global nutrition and direct selling company Herbalife quizzed 4,000 Brits on their diet and lifestyle.

Neil Spiers, Herbalife's Regional Vice President, said: 'The results of the study will be surprising to most as it's natural to think that the younger you are, the fitter you are.'

'It seems many young people are making the mistake of underestimating the benefit of a more balanced, holistic approach to diet and lifestyle.' The nationwide research of 16-80-year-olds quizzed them on their health and exercise habits.

It found the over-50s are more likely to walk as much as they can during the day - to the shops or with the dog - while those in their 20s tend to drive everywhere. But when it comes to excuses for not exercising, over a third (36%) of 25-year-olds blame not having enough time, compared to 22% of over-50s.

The study also found the average Brit believes they are overweight by nine pounds. Over a quarter of the population are currently on a diet - with the 'low fat' (30%), 'low carb' (14%) and 'detox' (8%) diets being the most popular.

The study also highlighted the lengths people will go to in order to hide their flab. Nearly a quarter have fibbed about the amount they eat, one in five has lied about their weight and 12% have cut labels out of clothing which revealed their real size.

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