Health and Happiness Survey

In a recent survey of 2000 men and women throughout the UK ,we made some fascinating discoveries about the health of men versus women, how people diagnose symptoms and the disparity of health across the country.

The survey revealed that men consider themselves happier and healthier than women. Men were less stressed or depressed, had less trouble sleeping and didn’t suffer so much from headaches or digestive issues.

We also discovered that almost half of the respondents prefer to Google their symptoms than visit their GP and that only 2% would ask their GP for nutritional advice.

And if you’re wondering which are the healthiest parts of the nation –the survey revealed that Londoners rate themselves the healthiest, the happiest residents live in Sheffield, the most loved up are in Belfast, Cardiff residents are the fittest and Bristolians the best at dieting.

Our aim is to get the whole of the UK, men and women, to a level of health called optimum health – indicated by good energy levels, a stable mood and a sharp mind.

To help you do this we are offering a year’s free membership worth £100, a copy of my new book Good Medicine plus a supplement pack worth £60 to ten lucky people.

Simply e-mail your name and address by the end of February 2014 to for a chance to win!

To find out more about our survey and optimum health visit the links below.


The healthiest and happiest cities in the UK have been revealed in a nationwide survey by released today. Health and Happiness, a study of 2,000 people across the UK looked at eating habits, frequency of ailments, alcohol intake, sleep, wellbeing, and a range of other lifestyle factors to determine the nation’s health and happiness ratings.

Leading nutrition expert, Patrick Holford said: “What this survey highlights is that being healthy is a lot more than the absence of a disease. It’s abundance of well-being indicated by good energy levels, a stable mood and a sharp mind, all of which achieve optimum health. It is interesting to see how our levels of health and happiness vary across the country. ”

Londoners rate themselves the healthiest
Londoners rate their city the health capital of the UK, with 59 per cent of people describing themselves as ‘healthy’, the highest proportion in the UK and above the national average of 54 per cent. The average units of alcohol consumed per week was relatively low at 5.5 units, compared to Manchester, which saw the highest average of 6.7 units. 79 per cent are non-smokers, and only 12 per cent classed themselves as regular smokers. Londoners are also keen exercisers, with half doing at least 20 minutes of exercise twice a week or more. They have a high sleep average of 6.7 hours per night and get their serving of five a day an average of 3.16 times per week, compared to the lowest average of only 2.6 times a week in Belfast.

Sleep leads to happiness in Sheffield
Sheffield has been revealed as being home to the happiest residents, probably because they are most likely to get the right amount of sleep. 40 per cent said they get a healthy average of seven hours sleep per night, compared to the national average of 34 per cent. Under half (48 per cent) said they were only likely to experience difficulty sleeping once a month or less. That might be why one in ten said they never feel stressed or anxious. They were also happiest in the country with their family life (75 per cent), where they live (66 per cent), shape and weight (54 per cent), and appearance (55 per cent), compared to their respective national averages of 69 per cent, 62 per cent, 52 per cent and 52 per cent.

Feeling glum in Brum
Birmingham was revealed as the unhappiest and most stressed city in the UK. The city had the highest number of smokers and its residents suffered the most ailments in the country. Brummies had the lowest average when asked to rate their happiness in terms of their relationships (56 per cent), family lives (63 per cent) overall health (55 per cent) and their appearance (50 per cent), below the respective national averages of 60 per cent, 69 per cent, 60 per cent and 52 per cent.

Over 30% are smokers and the city has the second lowest quitting rate. When it came to stress and anxiety, 62 per cent said they experienced one or the other once a week or more. Jobs were cited as the biggest cause of stress (31 per cent) closely followed by money (29 per cent). Brummies also suffer the most ailments, with 48 per cent experiencing bloating and poor digestion, 44 per cent having headaches, and 47 per cent complaining of low moods once a week or more. Nearly half (44 per cent) reported difficulty sleeping most nights.

Unhealthy but loved up in Belfast
Almost half (46 per cent) of respondents from Belfast described themselves as ‘unhealthy’ when asked to rate their current health status – the highest percentage in the country. Over half (53 per cent) complain of difficulty sleeping once a week or more and one in ten say they get daily headaches. More than one in four (27 per cent) experience low moods or depression once a week or more, and 37 per cent admitted that they would only do 20 minute workout sessions once a month or less. They were also the least likely to get their portions of five-a-day each week.

Although Belfast had the fourth highest number of smokers in the UK, it also had the best quitting rate, with a quarter of people saying they have given up smoking – the highest in the country. They also came top of the poll when questioned about how happy they were in their relationships and love life, with an average happiness score of 67 per cent. They also reported the most satisfying sex lives, with an average happiness rating of 55 per cent – above the national average of 51 per cent.

Cardiff is the capital of cardio
People living in Cardiff are the exercise pros of the UK with over half (54 per cent) doing at least 20 minutes of exercise twice a week or more, the highest percentage in the country. But despite high levels of exercise, Cardiff residents are the least content with their shape and weight, with an average happiness score of 49 per cent, just below the national average of 52 per cent.[ That’s probably because almost half (47 per cent) think that a good diet was extremely important to keep healthy] – not sure how this relates to the rest of the paragraph?.

When it came to money, however, the city was the happiest with their overall finances, with an average happiness rating of 52 per cent, compared to the national average of 49 per cent.

Sleep deprived Scots
Edinburgh is home to a nation of sleep deprived residents with nearly 1 in 10 people only getting up to four hours sleep a night, a good two and half hours below the national average. When they do sleep, over 70 per cent said they have restless nights or difficulty sleeping. Feelings of stress and anxiety were a weekly occurrence among 47 per cent of respondents and money was cited as being the biggest cause of stress (39 per cent). The city also experienced a high proportion of daily ailments with one in five suffering from arthritis and joint problems every day – the most in the country.

Manchester drinks the most
Manchunians have admitted to being the biggest drinkers in the UK with the highest weekly average units of alcohol consumed. Residents admitted to drinking an average of 7 units of alcohol per week, compared to the national average of 5 units, and 15 per cent disclosed that they consume on average over 15 units per week.

Despite this, almost half (49 per cent) of residents described themselves as healthy when asked to rate their health status. Manchester was also revealed to be the second keenest city when it comes to exercise. Nearly one in four claim to do at least 20 minutes of exercise four times a week or more, closely behind the highest which was Cardiff at 26 per cent.

There is also a relatively low rate of smokers, with only 12 per cent of people regarding themselves as regular smokers.

Bristolians best at beating the bulge
Bristol is the city of successful dieters, with 42 per cent saying they have tried dieting and that it has worked for them. 17 per cent of respondents said they hadn’t tried to diet but would be willing to give it a go. They get their serving of five a day on average three times a week but happiness levels are below the national averages when it comes to their salary, career prospects, appearances, job security and overall finances.

Liverpool high anti-diet rate
Liverpool has the highest rate of anti-dieters with a quarter of residents saying they would be reluctant to try one – the highest in the country. Only 14% who had never tried one before said they would be open to the idea, still the lowest percentage in the country. They are also one of the least likely cities to get regular exercise with 36 per cent reporting 20 minutes of exercise once a month or less. 76 per cent said they felt stressed once a month or more, the second highest in the country after neighbouring [doesn’t really neighbour Birmingham] Birmingham.

Leeds stressed and losing sleep
Over half of Leeds residents (54 per cent) experience stress once a week or more. Money was cited as the biggest cause of stress (34 per cent), followed by jobs (24 per cent) and then family (14 per cent). Leeds also experiences frequent levels of sleep difficulty, with 64 per cent saying they have trouble sleeping once a week or more. Over one in ten admitted to only getting up to 5 hours of sleep a night.