People are failing to take responsibility for their own health and well-being – even though many know how to do so – a survey has found.

One in seven adults (14%) believe they have little or no responsibility for it and more than 25% blamed food and drink companies for conditions such as obesity.

When asked who was responsible for their health and well-being, two in five (39%) said their GP, while one in five (19%) said the Government and 28% answered food and drinks companies.

The YouGov poll also found that most of the 2,000 people questioned knew they should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but less than a third (29%) actually did so.

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Women were more concerned about all health problems, with their weight, arthritis/joint pain and stress/anxiety being particular worries.

Romana Abdin, chief executive of private healthcare company Simplyhealth, which commissioned the research, said: “Changing demographics, increasing obesity and new technologies and treatments are demanding a new approach to healthcare delivery.

“To make the best decisions, our healthcare sector needs the best information.

“The Tracker shows that when thinking about their future health, people worry just as much about everyday conditions like joint and back pain as life-threatening illnesses.

“As our population ages, we need to have an honest discussion about how – or if – the NHS can meet the increasing demand for everyday health treatments.”