The top 5 health concerns of Australian women

Peter Terlato 29 August 2016

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More than half of all women want more information on healthy eating and nutrition.

Aussie women are more worried about properly managing their weight than being diagnosed with cancer, according to new national survey data.

The findings were drawn from survey responses by more than 3,200 women and health professionals around Australia, conducted by Jean Hailes for Women's Health, as part of Women’s Health Week, September 5-9 2016.

36% of respondents said they "feel tense or wound up", 39% confessed "Worrying thoughts go through my mind" and 21% proclaim they "worry about what people think" of them.

Here are the top five health issues women worry about:

  1. Weight management
  2. Female-specific cancer
  3. Mental & emotional health
  4. Menopause
  5. Chronic pain

Breast cancer and lung cancer are in the top five leading causes of deaths for Australian females, while dementia and suicide & self-inflicted injuries make the top ten.

The fifth most substantial health concern, chronic pain, comes as no surprise given 1 in 6 Aussies have chronic back problems.

There's some disparity between what health professionals imagined were the biggest concerns for females and actual distresses. Professionals listed mental and emotional health (28%) and fertility issues (16%) among their top five.

When it comes to healthy eating, the majority of women never consider a crash diet (58%) as a means to achieving rapid weight loss.

However, more than 15% said they sometimes went on a crash diet or fasted in the last 12 months, while almost one in 10 (8.91%) admitted they did it either often or very often.

The survey revealed women accomplish some form of moderate exercise 3.5 times a week, meeting the current Australian guidelines for physical activity.

More interestingly, women aged 65+ are the most active, on the move for 96 minutes a day 3.5 days a week.

Women are more interested in comparing their bodies with those of friends and family (57%) over actresses (19%), media celebrities (18%), athletes (17%) and models (10%).

More than half of all women want more information on healthy eating and nutrition.

Women statistically have a longer life expectancy than men but they are just as much at risk of falling victim to serious illnesses and health problems. Trauma insurance for women is designed to pay out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with a serious illness or condition that is listed on the policy details, such as cancer or heart attack.

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