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American Women are Worried About the Affect of Stress on their Health


stress EXCLUSIVE FITNESS MAGAZINE HEALTH POLL

MOST AMERICAN WOMEN ARE WORRIED ABOUT

THE EFFECT OF STRESS ON THEIR HEALTH

-- Three-Quarters Don''t Get Enough Sleep (78%)

& Almost All (94%) Want To Lose Weight --

NEW YORK, May 1 - What concerns American women most about their health? Stress, sleep and weight loss top the list, according to an exclusive national poll by Fitness magazine.

A whopping 89% of women said they''re worried about the effect stress has on their health. So how do American women de-stress? For 64%, finding quiet time alone is key; 29% do aerobic exercise and 11% practice yoga.

Only 21% of women get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. More than half get six to seven hours per night (56%), and for 22%, it''s less than six hours.

Thinner thighs beat longer life, according to the Fitness poll, which asked: given the choice, would you rather live to be 100 or lose 20 pounds permanently? More than half would lose the weight (54%). stress

Only 6% of American women say they don''t want to lose weight. The first step for those who do? For 76%, it was cutting back on junk food and alcohol. Other findings:

* 86% said men are more hesitant to go to the doctor than women.

* If someone gave them a magic pill so that they could eat whatever they wanted and not gain weight, but it increased their cancer risk by 10%, 24% of women would take it.

* Universal health care? Only 29% of women believe it will happen in their lifetime.

* Period-free permanently: 56% of women would get rid of their period, as long as there are no negative side effects. 29% like the idea but wonder if it''s healthy, and 7% prefer not to mess with nature. stress

Fitness polled 998 women online during February 16 - 28, 2001. The findings are reported in the June 2001 issue of the magazine.

This article provided by www.HealthNewsDigest.com




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