Senior Health | Solutions for Senior Health
SITEMAP BABY BOOMERS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM GREEN HEALTHCARE FRUGAL HEALTH OPTIONS NATURAL HEALTH OPTIONS SENIOR RELATIONSHIPS
FINANCIAL OPTIONS TECHNOLOGY JOBS & CAREERS CONTINUING EDUCATION SENIOR HOUSING HOUSEHOLD OPTIONS HOMEPAGE



HOME > Natural Health Options > Lifelong Learning

What do Women Want? In health, that is!

When it comes to health, women are more concerned about diet/weight and eating right than they are about cancer, cardiovascular/heart health, and diabetes.
Find green business solutions

Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) and NBC Universal (NYSE: GE), two of the nation’s leading media companies, today announced the second in a series of findings from the Meredith/NBC Universal “What do Women Want?”™ survey.

The  findings from the nationwide survey conducted among more than 3,000 women reveal key insights on the female psyche across topics including health and well-being:

When it comes to health, women are more concerned about
diet/weight (56%) and eating right (36%)
than they are about
cancer (23%), cardiovascular/heart health (20%), and diabetes (18%)

  • Many women are skipping important medical examinations, including annual physicals and cancer screenings
  • Less than two-thirds (59%) of all women get an annual physical, even lower among Gen Y women (44%).
  • Nearly one-third of Boomer women are not getting their important annual mammograms, cholesterol checks or physicals.
  • 62% of women regularly give themselves a breast self-examination, while only 14% of all women get a skin cancer screening at least once a year.

Four in 10 women report that they are more than 20 pounds overweight

  • Gen Y women are more likely than Gen X and Boomer women to say they are at their ideal weight (29% vs. 9%, 7% respectively).
  • Relatively few (4%) overweight women say they would consider surgery as a weight reduction strategy; a substantial number say they would consider exercise (76%) and improving their diet (75%) to lose weight.

Still, when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle, more women opt 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”

  • Not surprisingly, women are sensitive about their own weight, with 4 in 10 (40%) who say it’s wrong for a man to tell a woman that she’s overweight
  • However, relatively fewer women think it’s wrong for a woman to tell a man he’s overweight (32%) or a parent to tell a child he or she is overweight (26%).

Most women think the battle of the bulge starts at the schools at an early age; the majority of moms claim that while their child(ren) eat junk food, it’s “not when I’m around”

Top 10 Health Concerns (across all generations)

1. Diet/weight control (56%)
2. Eating well/nutrition (36%)
3. Allergies (27%)
4. Aging process (26%)
5. Mental health (25%)
6. Arthritis (24%)
7. Cancer (23%)
8. Cardiovascular/heart health (20%)
9. Diabetes (18%)
10. Menopause (18%)


Medical check-ups:

  • Less than two-thirds (59%) of all women get an annual physical, while more than two-thirds get an annual blood pressure check-up (67%) and visit the dentist at least once a year (66%).
  • Only 44% of Gen Y women get an annual physical, compared to 69% of Baby Boomer women.
  • 62% of women regularly give themselves a breast self-examination, while only 14% of all women get a skin cancer screening at least once a year.
  • Nearly one-third of Boomer women are not getting their important annual mammograms, cholesterol checks or physicals.

Non-traditional approaches to health & wellness:
To improve health and well-being, some women have taken the following non-traditional approaches: natural herbs and supplements (26%), bought/adopted a pet (25%), meditation (11%), acupuncture (4%), visited a hypnotist (1%).

What Women Want: To Look and Feel Good

Dissatisfaction with physical appearance/energy levels:
While most women like who they are inside and are satisfied with their “identity and development as an individual” (68%), only 4 in 10 women say they are satisfied with their physical appearance (40%) and/or energy levels (37%).

Professionals Women Would Want to Hire*

1. Personal Trainer (47%)
2. Personal Chef (34%)
3. Financial Advisor (31%)
4. Live-In Housekeeper (31%)
5. Professional Masseuse (29%)
6. Nutritionist (28%)
7. Professional Organizer to de-clutter your living space or office (24%)
8. Stylist (19%)
9. Interior Decorator (15%)
10. Career Counselor (13%)

*allowed up to 5 choices

Women’s Lifestyles:
Most women don’t want to work too hard to achieve a healthy lifestyle, opting for simple solutions like drinking more water or eating more fruits and vegetables over the more disciplined approaches like exercising regularly, counting calories, and using portion control (see chart below)

What Women Do to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle*

    • Drink more water (80%)
    • Eat more fruits and vegetables (70%)Read nutritional labels (49%)
    • Avoid foods that are high in fat (47%)
    • Make a conscious effort to lower calorie intake (44%)
    • Watch my sugar intake (44%)
    • Exercise at least three times a week (43%)

• Women with children are especially likely to say that “it is difficult for me to find time to take care of my physical appearance” (28% vs. 22% total women).

 

Overweight Women:

  • The vast majority of American women (84%) feel they are overweight.
  • 13% of women feel that they are the ideal weight, while 23% feel they are 21-50 pounds overweight and 16% report being more than 50 pounds overweight.
  • Older women are more likely than younger women to report they are overweight and to join weight management programs
  • More Gen Y women (29%) feel they are the ideal weight, compared to Gen X women (9%) and Baby Boomer women (7%).
  • Gen X women (22%) and Baby Boomer women (20%) are more likely to get involved in weight management programs to improve their health and well-being than Gen Y women (14%).
  • On the other hand, Gen Y women (24%) are more likely to do yoga or Pilates to improve their health and well-being than their Gen X (18%) and Boomer (8%) counterparts.

Among women who feel they are overweight, exercise (76%) and improving diet (75%) are the top two strategies for weight reduction, while taking medications and/or dietary supplements (17%) and undergoing surgery (4%) are less popular methods.

"It is particularly important for marketers in the health and wellness category to have a clear understanding of women's behaviors, motivations and thoughts so that the messaging they create will resonate and have enhanced impact," said Debbie Reichig, Senior Vice President, Market Development, NBC Universal. “We are thrilled to be able to make this information available to them.”

READ MORE


 


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 9/17/2010
RELATED ARTICLES

TAG SEARCH

| womens health | senior health | health policies | food nutrition |
SUBSCRIBE to GREENLINES
Greenlines Business and Consumer Newsletter
BONUS DOWNLOAD (PDF)
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

SUBSCRIBE HERE
Archives: GreenLines

GREEN CAREERS
FEATURED THIS MONTH
Solutions For Remodeling
ADVERTISE
We hope you will connect with people want to find high performance green products and services. Find thousands of high quality companies at our online directory:
Senior Health | Solutions for Senior Health

ABOUT US
SUBSCRIBE | DIRECTORY | ADVERTISE | CONTACT | ABOUT US |
SEARCH THIS SITE
©2006 - 2020 Carolyn Allen, All Rights Reserved. Links to this site are welcome. Call for reprint permission.