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Average person spends 14 years on a diet

May 25, 2012

A survey suggests that most people regularly go on diets throughout their lifetime.

The average Briton will have spent 14 years on a diet by the time they die, according to new research from Philips.

Rather than following a healthy, balanced diet throughout their adult years, it seems many resort to a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, going through an endless cycle of weight loss and gain.

And the health and wellbeing company's research suggests that more than one in ten women spend 18 years of their life - the equivalent of four to five months each year - attempting to slim down.

According to the survey, springtime often prompts a flurry of dieting attempts as people finally decide to tackle their winter weight gain.

Nutrition expert Rachael Anne Hill observed: "It's clear that the arrival of spring also brings pressure for people to shape up for summer.

"People would be much better adopting a healthy lifestyle all year round, without concentrating their efforts on a few select months."

Leading a healthy lifestyle is important for those considering private medical insurance, as insurers are more likely to offer affordable premiums to people they deem to be at low risk of illness.

Furthermore, maintaining a healthy weight is now known to be associated with a reduced risk of many illnesses, which means people will be less likely to make claims on their health insurance in the future.

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