On average Brits tell a staggering 20 white lies a week about our healthy lifestyles
On average we tell a staggering 20 white lies a week about our healthy lifestyles.
And it is not only our friends we try to deceive. It is also our partners, the doctor – and even ourselves.
Six in ten (61 per cent) UK adults who took part in the study admitted they were in denial about their health – with a further 16 per cent painting a healthier picture of their lives to others.
Fifteen percent falsely claimed to be non-smokers and 13 per cent regularly played down the amount of alcohol they drink.
We are all a little guilty of fibbing about what we’ve really been snacking on
KP Nuts spokesperson
Another 12 per cent said they were regular gym-goers – regardless of how often they actually frequented the gym.
But the biggest fib to emerge from the poll was how much water we drink– with 18 per cent claiming they drink more than a litre every day.
KP Nuts commissioned the poll of 1,000 UK adults.
Top health fib is 'I drink more than 1 litre of water a day'
A spokesperson said: “We are all a little guilty of fibbing about what we’ve really been snacking on, but the truth is, we don’t have to take supplements and pump iron at the gym to be healthy.
“Some foods that we write off in a bid to eat well, can be far more nutritious than we give them credit for. It’s not about following food fads, it’s about knowing which foods taste good and still give you the nutrients you need. “
The research revealed mums are the people we are most likely to lie to – with 19 per cent still pulling the wool over their mothers’ eyes about how healthy they are.
One in six fib to their other half–and the same number admit going to the school playground in their gym kit – just to give off a healthy vibe to the other parents.
More worryingly, 19 per cent of us routinely lie to our GP about our lifestyles with 41 per cent filling medical forms in inaccurately to give off a better impression.
And more than a third (36 per cent) exaggerate how healthy they are on social media – where men the worst culprits (43 per cent).
When asked why, 26 per cent said it was because of peer pressure – and 14 per cent blamed celebrity influences.
Half (51 per cent) said they felt pressure to keep up with the Jones’s in terms of their health.
But despite the trend for healthy living – real or fake – millions of Brits believe many of their friends are also not being entirely honest about their lifestyles.
Around one in four (23 per cent) said ‘everyone does it’.
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TOP HEALTH FIBS:
1. I drink more than 1 litre of water a day
2. I don’t really watch much telly
3. I only drink alcohol at weekends
4. I am a regular gym goer
5. My kids aren’t allowed sweets
6. I have a normal BMI
7. I never eat takeaways
8. I don’t really like chocolate
9. I don’t like the taste of alcohol
10. I’m not a fan of fried food
The eleventh top health fib is 'My kids love vegetables'
11. My kids love vegetables
12. I never eat fast food
13. I lift heavy weights
14. I only shop at organic supermarkets
15. I don’t eat any saturated fat
16. I won’t have processed food in the house
17. I have never tried a kebab
18. I don’t eat carbs at all
19. I’ve run a marathon
20. My children never eat fast food