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Brits rather improve their mental health than lose weight

PRIORITY: A third of Brits want to improve their mental health in 2018 (Photo credit: Getty Images)

A PROFESSIONAL services marketplace has surveyed more than 1,500 members of the British public and discovered that a third want to improve their mental health in 2018, compared to just a fifth who want to lose weight.

Other trends emerging in the New Year include a shift in priorities from money to experiences, with more than half of respondents answering they’d rather travel the world than get an important promotion and pay-rise at work.

The survey, commissioned by online local services marketplace, found that a third (31%) want to improve their mental health in 2018, compared to just a fifth (19%) who want to lose weight in the New Year.

According to psychiatric studies conducted in the last few years, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer with a mental health problem every year, and 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem, such as anxiety and depression, in any given week.

In addition, it’s reported that the way people cope with mental health conditions has been getting worse, with an increase of sufferers having suicidal thoughts or self-harming.

Compared to last year’s survey results, the number of people who want to quit social media in the New Year has risen from 11% to 15%, with Instagram being reported as the worst social media platform for mental health.

The survey also discovered that, going into the New Year, almost half (47%) were anxious about Theresa May’s Government, more than a third (34%) identified the growing tension between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, and the threat of nuclear war, is the event they are most anxious about entering 2018.

Russ Morgan, co-founder of, said: “I’m not really surprised that more people are wanting to focus on improving their mental health in the New Year, rather than lose weight. In 2017 we saw a great deal of light shed on mental health, with many high-profile celebrities and brands campaigning to open up the conversation on it.

"In conjunction with this, body positivity is something that’s been highly promoted in the last year, so that could be why less people are concerned about losing weight going into 2018."

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