Aviva: finances top stressor for US men and linked to weight gain
by Gill Montia
A new survey by Aviva USA, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, has found the primary factor contributing to stress for men in the US is their financial situation.
The survey also reveals a strong correlation between high levels of stress and dramatic weight gain among US males.
Two out of three men reported they were stressed, with finances the top contributing factor for a third of the men surveyed.
In addition to the linkage between stress and finances, 45% of men also reported gaining weight over the past 10 years and according to the study, the correlation between weight and stress is pronounced.
Specifically, men who indicated a large decrease in weight over the past 10 years tended to be less affected by stress, whereas men who were extremely stressed were more than three times as likely to have had a dramatic increase in weight over the last decade, compared to other male respondents.
Additional key findings related to men are:
One in four men questioned rarely or never exercised.
When asked to identify the factor that most contributes to their stress, 34% of men said their financial situation, 17% said family / relationships, 12% said job stability, 10% said the fast pace of life and 8% said their health.
Sixty-two percent of men who were extremely stressed were also uncomfortable with their financial situation. In contrast, only 21% of those who said they are not stressed claimed to be uncomfortable with their financial situation.
Even though men identified “financial situation” as the biggest factor contributing to stress, half of all men surveyed said they rarely discuss finances with anyone.
Aviva USA’s survey was conducted by Ipsos and involved 2,000 US adults.