Surprisingly, only 33% of women pay attention to their health reveals survey

One of the leading general insurance companies in India led a survey on women’s awareness on health and critical illness. Among other findings in the survey, it was revealed that critical illnesses are on the rise by 88%, the main reasons behind this is lack of physical activity, also only 6% of women have a critical illness cover against 22% who have a health insurance

Surprisingly, only 33% of women pay attention to their health reveals survey
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The survey was conducted with an aim to accelerate dialogue around various aspects of women being aware of their own health and wellness. The survey involved online quantitative interviews with 1,000 working women, aged between 22 to 45 years, across eight locations including metro and non-metro cities.

According to the study conducted by the company, 68% of women in metros feel that any physical activity/exercise is important in order to stay healthy. However, only 33% of women pay attention to their health, with women in metros having a major share. The survey sums up the importance of physical activity among women and how there is a lack of awareness about its consequences.

The survey revealed one important aspect; women in the country believe that regular health check-ups are not important. Astonishingly, 79% of the women respondents go in for a medical check-ups only once in two years. ‘Busy lifestyle’ is a key excuse for women in metros to not take care of their health, while, women in non-metros are under a pre-conceived notion that they are fit.

The survey lists an important fact about the rise in critical illnesses in the country. Sedentary lifestyle, heavy work pressure, late working hours and poor eating habits were few among the many reasons which contributed to this rise.

Commenting on the survey findings, Sanjay Datta, Chief – Underwriting Claims and Reinsurance, ICICI Lombard said, “The survey reveals statistics on how women, even though, they take charge of their personal and professional lives, they end-up paying very little attention to their health. The resultant survey also addresses on the need for frequent health check-ups for women to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.”

Highlights of the survey:

  • Women in metro cities pay more attention to their health in comparison to their counterparts in non-metro cities
  • 68% of women in metros feel that physical activity is important.
  • Overall, only 33% of women are paying attention to their health.
  • 79% of women get a health check-up done, but mostly just once in 2 years.
  • 2% of women still feel that a health check-up is not required.