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Tuesday, 3 September, 2002, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
Are you a couch potato?
The couch potato lifestyle has overtaken smoking as the major cause of illness in EU countries, a survey has found. Take our test to see how you weigh up - a right answer indicates couch potato tendencies.
You see an old lady being harassed by a gang of youths. What do you do?
A: Having been on an assertiveness training course, you approach them, and question their behaviour in a confident but non-confrontational manner.
B: Make a mental note of their descriptions, then try to find the nearest call box to summon the police.
C: Reach for the remote and turn over, tutting about how violence on TV puts you off your chips.
George Forman is world famous for:
A: Standing at the lamppost at the corner of the street.
B: Being knocked out in the Rumble in the Jungle in the eighth round by Mohammed Ali.
C: Being that friendly guy who sells Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machines.
You decide you really ought to lose weight. Do you:
A: Try to eat a balanced diet and set achievable exercise goals.
B: Bite the bullet and decide from now on you will walk to the TV.
C: Get some numbers for Harley Street liposuctionists.
"A lack of energy for your sexual relationship." A risk of what behaviour, according to the World Health Organisation?
A: Too much jogging.
B: Not enough exercise, along with the added risks of coronary heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, breathlessness, flabby body, little energy, stiff joints, osteoporosis, poor posture, and being overweight.
C: Being vegetarian.
400g is the approximate weight of what?
A: The maximum recommended weight of running shoes.
B: A recommended daily intake of fruit – consisting of five pieces.
C: A Royale with cheese.
The likes of drive-in drycleaners and ATMs are:
A: Convenience culture taken way too far.
B: The very least one would expect so one's PA can run errands quick smart.
C: All very well but what about delivery?
Imagine you are a 6ft man, or alternatively a 5ft 6ins woman. If your weight is 13 stone 9 pounds for a man, or 10 stone 6 pounds for a woman, are you:
A: Really lardy.
B: Slightly overweight.
C: A bit too short, and besides, I'm heavy boned.
Self-sufficiency could elude the EU in what respect?
A: Production of fruit and vegetables, if everyone in the union ate the recommended amount.
B: Pizza toppings – the true creativity is not now in Italy but in the US.
C: True marathon champions – without the competition from Ethiopian and Kenyan runners.
What is the best way to get a good night's sleep?
A: Buy a Lazy Man, a combination toilet/recliner invented by Homer Simpson.
B: Have at least half an hour's aerobic activity every day.
C: Self-hypnosis.
Sitting children in front of a video is good because...
A: It gives me some time to go out for a fag.
B: It will train them for a life in front of a screen and help develop their concentration.
C: I grew up watching Scooby and Shaggy eating Scooby Snacks and it never did me any harm.
D: All of the above.
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