Up to 40% of deaths are linked to being obese, inactive, drinking or smoking (stock image)

Quiz to assess early death risk

We all know that our bad habits can send us to an early grave.

In fact, up to 40 per cent of deaths are directly linked to being obese, inactive, drinking too much or smoking, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Now you can take the agency’s quiz to help you assess how healthy your lifestyle is.

The ‘How Are You?’ test – launched as part of PHE’s One You campaign – also gives advice on how you can be healthier.

At the end of the 10-minute quiz, which is for over-18s only, your lifestyle will be scored on a scale of one to 10.

Up to 40% of deaths are linked to being obese, inactive, drinking or smoking (stock image)

Up to 40% of deaths are linked to being obese, inactive, drinking or smoking (stock image)

It is not intended as a medical assessment and you should see your GP if you’re worried about your health.

As well as being asked how you feel about your physical and mental health, you are questioned on how often you drink, eat fruit or have unhealthy snacks.

The 10-minute Public Health England (PHE) test assesses how healthy your lifestyle is

The 10-minute Public Health England (PHE) test assesses how healthy your lifestyle is

You are questioned on how often you drink, eat fruit or have unhealthy snacks

You are questioned on how often you drink, eat fruit or have unhealthy snacks

It also asks you about how much exercise you get ob average in a week

It also asks you about how much exercise you get ob average in a week

At the end of the quiz, your lifestyle will be scored on a scale of one to 10

At the end of the quiz, your lifestyle will be scored on a scale of one to 10

Depending on your score, you may be urged to join a slimming club or to download an app onto your phone that suggests healthy recipes or tips for taking up jogging.

Other advice includes not having a nightcap before bed and having a glass of water if you are peckish, rather than an unhealthy snack.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer said: ‘It is important people of all ages feel able to prioritise their health so they can lead long and healthy lives.

‘We all have the power to shape our future health by making simple, small changes now.’

THE HEALTH TICKING TIME BOMB

More than 40 per cent of middle-age adults have at least one long-term condition that could cause premature death, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, Public Health England (PHE) Figures show.

Two thirds are overweight or obese, a quarter drink more than the recommended levels and one in five smoke.

As part of its New Year £4.5m campaign, as part of Change4Life, PHE is encouraging parents to help their children eat healthier snacks and snack less often.

Its research shows that half of UK children’s sugar intake comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks.

On average, children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more.

PHE claims there has been a’“snackification’ of children’s lunch boxes, with children eating more between meals and lunch just becoming ‘a collection of unhealthy snacks’.

While sugar remains the main evil, the Government body hopes this fresh approach will catch people’s attention.

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