What do women want?

Look good, feel good? More women are concerned about appearance and weight than
disease, according to a new poll “What Do Women Want?” by Meredith/NBC
Universal.

More than half (56 per cent) of women are concerned about diet and weight,
while only 23 per cent express the same degree of concern about cancer, the
poll says. Appearance also trumps worry about heart health and diabetes.


The US survey, which canvassed more than 3,000 women from ages 18-64, sought
to discover fresh insights on the female psyche on topics of health and well-being.


Skipping important medical examinations


When it comes to looking after their health, women may not be as vigilant as
they should be. The poll found that many women are skipping important medical
examinations, including annual physicals and cancer screenings. For example,
nearly one-third of Boomer women are not getting their annual mammograms, cholesterol
checks or physicals.


And while 62 per cent of all women say they regularly give themselves a breast
self-examination, only 14 per cent get a skin cancer screening at least once
a year.

When it comes to well-being, the good news is that most women (68 per cent)
say they like who they are inside and are satisfied with their “identity
and development as an individual”.


But less than half say they are satisfied with their physical appearance.


Most women believe themselves overweight


The vast majority (84 per cent) of women surveyed say they feel they are overweight,
with four in 10 women reporting that they are more than 20 pounds too heavy.
23 per cent say they have even more to lose: 21-50 pounds. (Not surprisingly,
fewer older women feel they are at their ideal weight — only 9 per cent —
compared to 29 per cent of younger participants.)


Still, when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle and/or weight loss program,
more women are opting for simple strategies like “drinking more water”
and “eating more fruits and vegetables” than more disciplined approaches
like “exercising three times a week”, “lowering calorie intake”,
“watching their sugar intake” and “using portion control”.


Honesty not always the best policy


And while nearly half of women (40 per cent) say that it’s wrong for
a man to tell a woman she’s overweight (no surprise there), relatively
fewer women (32 per cent) feel the same way about withholding such observations
when it comes to telling a man he could lose a few pounds.


Top 10 Health Concerns (for women across all generations)


1. Diet/weight control (56 per cent)


2. Eating well/nutrition (36 per cent)


3. Allergies (27 per cent)


4. Aging process (26 per cent)


5. Mental health (25 per cent)


6. Arthritis (24 per cent)


7. Cancer (23 per cent)


8. Cardiovascular/heart health (20 per cent)


9. Diabetes (18 per cent)


10. Menopause (18 per cent)


Source: Meredith/NBC Universal


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