Study blames fertility issues on obesity

One in five British couples spend over a year trying to conceive - an issue which could be down to their unhealthy lifestyles.

Britain's baby gloom is the topic of a new survey from ITV show 'This Morning', reports

Researchers working on the programme's behalf found that 20 per cent of couples spend over a year trying to have a baby, something which eventually takes a strain on the relationship and can cause the pair to grow further part.

Experts have pinned this problem on the obesity epidemic, claiming that being overweight can interfere with the ovulation in woman and sperm quality in men.

Other factors listed by the professionals included high levels of stress, while the majority (76 per cent) of the 2,000 men and women surveyed even claimed to be aware that their excessive smoking and drinking was harming their chances of having a baby.

In which case British couples may wish to try counselling courses to help them beat their addictions and improve their chances of being able to bring a child into the world.

Although a year may seem like a long time to wait for a baby, the experts say there is no cause for alarm unless the couple pass this period with no success. The issue may even be down to age as, according to, a woman's chances of becoming pregnant decline sharply after they pass 35-years-old.