Unhealthy partners: women’s top 10 concerns

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

Almost 8 in 10 women worry about their partner’s unhealthy lifestyle. Pressures of work, being overweight, and not doing enough exercise are the chief culprits. View their top 10 health concerns below.

Work takes top slot

We asked 3,000 women in the UK about their partners. Nearly a third of them said that long working hours and stress around work was the biggest issue. For 1 in 10, bringing work home was having a negative effect on their partner’s health.

From exercise to work life balance, the majority of women we surveyed had concerns around a partner’s lifestyle.  But by far and away, work pressures were seen as the biggest issue.

Other contributors to bad health included eating junk food (26 per cent); bad sleeping habits (23 per cent); skipping meals (19 per cent) and drinking too much (19 per cent).

Healthy options

Women also shared their concerns about partners refusing to visit a doctor when ill and ignoring previous or hereditary health problems.

Despite this, nearly a third of women still haven’t mentioned to their partner that they think they are unhealthy.  Instead, 42 per cent of them say they have made healthy lifestyle changes without their partner realising it.  From buying low fat healthy foods, packing less lunch and booking a partner into a sporting activity, women have taken action.

Health over wealth

More than a third of women say that lack of exercise, poor diet and feeling under the weather means that partners rarely have enough energy to run around with the children.  Just over half say their partner does not spend enough quality time with the family, and 64 per cent blame his short temper for a bad atmosphere in the house.

For 93 per cent of women, a partner who earned an average wage but looked after his health would be preferable to a high earner whose health suffered.

Top 10 concerns about partner’s health:

  • Feels very stressed and under pressure in his job
  • Works very long hours
  • Rarely exercises
  • Eats junk food
  • Bad sleeping habits
  • Refuses to visit the doctor when ill
  • Has become a couch potato
  • Skips meals because he is too busy
  • Drinks too much alcohol
  • Has a very short temper

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