Credit crunch could harm health9th September 2008
A report by the Blood Pressure Association (BPA) has suggested that the credit crunch could have a negative effect on the health of the population in the UK.
The BPA said that people in the UK are not buying costly fruit and vegetables, and have cancelled their gym memberships in order to save money.
Some people have said they are drinking more alcohol because of money worries.
The BPA carried out the survey with Friends Provident and interviewed 2,700 people.
One in three said they "never or rarely" consumed the RDA of fruits and vegetables. 16% stated that they would reduce how much they spent on these foods over the next six months, with 15% reporting that they had already cut back.
A fifth stated that they had reduced how much they used the gym because of the credit crunch.
However, over 75% of the people surveyed said they "regularly" purchased takeaway food or ready meals.
The BPA wants people to have a free blood pressure check this week. It has set up 3,000 monitoring stations around the UK as part of its "Know Your Numbers" campaign.
An unhealthy diet and no exercise can cause high blood pressure, which in turn can contribute to heart attacks and strokes.
Professor Graham Macgregor, the Blood Pressure Association's chairman, said: "It is clear that Britons are under pressure and this could have serious consequences."
"The dual effect on lifestyles of the credit crunch and lack of concern over long term health is putting the nation at risk of a blood pressure ticking time bomb."
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Title: Credit crunch could harm health
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 8233
Date Added: 9th Sep 2008