New York Women are Nation’s Most Stressed, According to Study

Life can be stressful in the hustle and bustle of New York. A new study shows just how hard it can be on women.

According to New York State health care provider Northwell Health, life in New York is more stressful than anywhere else.

A national survey of more than 3,000 women and men nationally, commissioned by Northwell and its Katz Institute for Women’s Health in partnership with NRC Health, also identified and analyzed the particular sources of stress.

Among the findings:

  • Women in the tri-state area are more stressed out than their national counterparts in four areas: Work-Life Balance (43% tri-state women vs 38% of females nationally and 41% of males nationally), Personal Health/Wellness (41% vs. 39%F, 33%M), Parents’ Health/Wellness (41% vs. 38%F, 32%M), and Household’s General Health/Well-Being (38% vs. 34%F, 31%M). One area where tri-state women were notably less stressed than women and men elsewhere in the country was in their ability to pay their health care bills (39% vs. 47%F and male 41%M).
  • 37% of women in the tri-state area are highly stressed about the health of their parents or older relatives, compared to only 23% and 15% who are highly stressed about their children and spouses, respectively.
  • For all respondents, computers/tablets (56%) led all other sources for health news and information. Mobile devices (41%) were second and smartphones (31%), third. Print newspapers and magazines averaged just 13% as a source for health news.
  • Despite the boom in social media, 38% of tri-state women prefer to get their news through television as opposed to only 13% who prefer social media.
  • 22% of tri-state women use a mobile app to help manage their health and wellbeing, with FitBit, My Fitness Pal and WebMD being the most utilized applications. This is compared to 19% of women and men nationally.

Conducted by NRC Health, the national study of 1,876 women in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, and 1,100 men and women nationally also measured perceived changes in respondents’ physical, mental and emotional health status, as well as eating and exercise habits.

Women in the tri-state area are more likely than females nationally to participate in preventative healthcare.  Overall, men are least likely to participate in preventative services.

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