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Most GPs leading a healthy life

Most GPs practise what they preach by eating healthily,

taking regular exercise, drinking in moderation and not smoking.

Pulse's health and stress survey revealed only 3 per cent of GPs smoked. Some 80 per cent eat at least three portions of fruit and vegetables a day, 51 per cent exercise at least three times a week, and 86 per cent said they drank within recommended safe limits.

GPs in London were most likely to take regular exercise and more men exercised than women.

Dr Gill Jenkins, a GP in Bristol with a special interest in obesity and weight management, said GPs who managed to exercise three times a week were doing very well given their hectic work schedule.

But for those GPs who could not spare the time, she said increasing general activity levels helped manage weight.

'It's easier to fit in with everyday life rather than just going to do a formal sport,' she said.

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