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Wales is 'unhealthiest part of UK'.

PEOPLE in Wales are the least healthy in the UK, putting them at greater risk of developing serious health conditions, according to BUPA figures.

A quarter of people in Wales who had a BUPA health assessment in 2010 were found to be obese compared to a national average of 18%, and 76% were found to have high levels of body fat, compared with the national average of 67%. Over 70,000 health assessments were analysed.

These health indicators have a direct influence on whether people are likely to develop conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Peter Mace, assistant medical director at Bupa Health and Wellbeing said: "These findings are concerning as lifestyle can have a significant impact on whether people develop chronic conditions. For those who want to improve lifestyle, understanding more about their own health profile can provide the motivation needed to make positive changes.

"The first step can be as simple as working out whether your waist circumference is more than half your height which might mean you need to lose some weight." ? People in Wales can complete a free Bupa Health Age Calculator at bupa.co.uk/findhealthy. Visit the Bupa health pledge, facebook.com/bupauk for lifestyle tips.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2011
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