Dr Hilary says young Brits will regret ‘laziness’ as UK ranks worst in Europe

Good Morning Britain 's Dr Hilary Jones spoke to Adil Ray and Ranvir Singh today as he warned that Britain is the worst country for Europe for inactivity.

Ranvir kicked things off by saying: "Laziness has worsened in Britain more than any other European country, they are saying sedentary behaviour among adults has increased by 22% between 2002 and 2017.

"And that's not counting the fact that this year we have not done anything, we've been pretty sedentary anyway."

Hilary replied: "Our sedentary behaviour is defined as spending four and a half hours or more sitting down every day.

"We are sitting down, watching box sets, using our smartphones, we're not moving around much.

"In my practice, I see a lot of people as they get older, and people can get very old, the one thing they regret is their immobility.

"Not being able to move to get to the places they want to go, to be able to walk.

"When people are young, they should be using their bodies to move as much as possible, they will regret it if they don't.

"Our bodies are designed to move, when we don't move it affects our heart our cholesterol rate, our blood pressure, it stores up problems for arthritis, diabetes, everything.

"We should be moving a great deal more – move more and sit less."

The doctor also sparked fury from viewers at home after he discussed whether teachers are spreading coronavirus with Lorraine presenter Christine Lampard.

After he said teachers may not be "socially distancing as much as they could" outside of schools, furious fans rushed to social media to demand an apology from the TV doctor.

One said: "Knew it! Knew they'd blame us! How dare they claim that teachers aren't being responsible outside of school. This is simply a way of blaming teachers if cases arise in schools. It's so transparent & utterly spineless," and one of her followers replied: "I have just seen Dr Hilary saying this on #Lorraine absolutely disgraceful attitude to teachers."

Another blasted: "Just heard Dr Hilary on the Tv implying the same that ' teachers might be following the rules in school but not outside of school ' I could have cried and screamed at him."

A fourth ranted: "incensed with Dr Hilary this morning, suggesting educators are not adhering to social distancing rules.

"I work in education and all my colleagues and myself have followed the rules .However I know of NHS staff who have flaunted the rules from the start of the pandemic!"

Another furious viewer wrote: "Dr Hilary should be back on and issue a grovelling apology to teachers."

GMB continues tomorrow at 6am on ITV.

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