'Lazy epidemic' sweeping UK
10 August 2009 00:00 in Industry related health news
The UK is suffering a 'lazy epidemic', with a third of people surveyed saying they are too idle to run to catch a bus.
A report from Nuffield Health found that one in six of the 2,000 people it surveyed would continue to watch a television programme they did not like if their remote was broken, rather than getting up to change the channel.
More than half of dog owners cannot be bothered to walk their pet and nearly three quarters of those asked by the Nuffield said they regularly have too little energy at the end of the day for sex.
Dr Sarah Dauncey, the Nuffield Trust's medical director, said: "Ready meals, remote controls and even internet shopping are all contributing to a dangerously lazy and idle Britain.
"The nation has fallen into a vicious circle of laziness."
Worryingly, of the 654 people quizzed who had children, 64 per cent said they were too tired to play with them.
The survey revealed Glasgow to be Britain's worst offender for laziness, with 75 per cent of the city's residents admitting they do not get enough exercise. Birmingham and Southampton came in joint second place.
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