Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aff Luential Indulgence; 1.not Worried: Lynn Poole, Katie Anthony, Lucy Anthony and Jane Bristow, on a Night out at Chelsea Brasserie, Say They Are Health-Conscious 2.40 Units a Week: Actor Harry Harrison

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aff Luential Indulgence; 1.not Worried: Lynn Poole, Katie Anthony, Lucy Anthony and Jane Bristow, on a Night out at Chelsea Brasserie, Say They Are Health-Conscious 2.40 Units a Week: Actor Harry Harrison

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Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD

A NEW breed of affluent professionals is fuelling the country's healthproblems, researchers warn today.

Experts say these "indulgents" are a health timebomb because of their love ofthe better things in life such as fine wine and eating outeven if they exercise and do not smoke.

The research shows they consume more than twice as much wine as the averageBriton and visit restaurants more frequently than anyone else.

Today, data analysts CACI warned that such people, who account for nearly onein 10 of the population, face health risks even though they may not beoverweight.

Ian Thurman, from CACI, said: "We often associate ill health with smoking,eating too much fast food and being relatively poor.

"Our findings show that a substantial section of the population do none ofthese things but their food and alcohol consumption is still putting theirfuture health at riskdespite good levels of exercise." CACI analysed data, including postcodes andcensus information, from 119 local authorities in the South- East, including 32London boroughs.

They discovered that indulgents spend nearly twice as much as anyone else onwine for drinking at home[pounds sterling]6.21 a week, compared with the British average of [pounds sterling]3.71.

The research showed these consumers are more likely to be in a family thansingle, and earn around [pounds sterling]54,000 a year compared with the average British incomeof just over [pounds sterling]33,000.

Their overall diet is more healthy than average because they eat a lot morefresh fish and vegetables than most people. They are also less likely to smokeor shun exercisebut therefore mistakenly believe they are immune from health problems.

Indulgent heartlands include Buck- ingham and Chalfont St Peter, where nearly100 per cent of the adult population fits the profile, and Windsor andMaidenhead. Richmond has the most indulgents in Londonnearly a third of people there drink more wine than the average.

Other areas with the high number of indulgents are, in order: Harrow, Kingston,Barnet, Bromley, Merton, Croydon, Sutton, City of London and Kensington and Chelsea. …

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