We are all (or almost) healthy

Doxa, in collaboration with WIN, the international network of market research and public opinion companies, launches the results of the global survey on the physical well-being of citizens from 40 countries around the world. It certifies that 76% of respondents consider themselves healthy: good or even excellent. Italy wins over all (or almost) reaching 83%.

Doxa, in collaboration with WIN, the international network of market research and public opinion companies of which it is a founding member, announces the results of the global survey on the physical well-being of citizens from 40 countries around the world. It certifies that 76% of respondents consider themselves healthy: in good or even excellent health. Only 4% declare themselves in bad health and 19% in poor health. Another important evidence emerged: the responses of men and women are very similar, with values ​​referring to good health slightly higher among males. The perception changes according to the age groups: the percentage of those who consider themselves in excellent health, in particular, goes from 33% of the under 18 to 10% of the over 64. Surprisingly, among the various parts of the world, the higher levels of perceived health were found in Central Africa and South-East Asia, while the lowest levels were recorded in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In the Old Continent, the exception is Italy, which stands out with 83% of respondents who have declared a good or excellent state of health, while 14% of Italians consider themselves in bad health and only 3% in poor health.

But what are the behaviors, habits, lifestyles and consumption patterns that can have a decisive impact on the health of all of us? Doxa, in collaboration with WIN, has identified 5 of them, photographing numbers and trends to keep in mind.

Smoking: 26% of women and 45% of men, worldwide, declare that they smoke: regularly or occasionally. With a huge difference between the different countries: from 22% of Australia to 80% of Mexico. In Italy the percentage of smokers stands at 36%, in line with the world average of 35%.

Alcohol: influenced by religious beliefs and different cultural contexts, alcohol consumption presents an even more marked variability rate among individual countries. The usual consumers (very often / often / quiet often) are almost half of the population in Mexico (49%) while they cover only 1% in Palestine and Indonesia. In Italy they are 11%, much less than the world average (19%).

Physical activity: 37% of the world population regularly does physical activity (very often / quite often) with some differences between males and females (39% and 35% respectively), and between young and old (48% for those under 18, 42% in the 18-24 age group, between 33% and 37% in the 25-64 year-old class, to then go back to 64% after 64 years). Among the 40 countries involved there are enormous differences: 69% of the population in India practices physical activity while only 20% in Brazil and Indonesia. In Italy about 1/3 of the adult population (34%) practices physical activity a lot or quite often.

Stress: 30% of respondents worldwide say they feel stressed (a lot or quite often). In Italy, those who recognize themselves in this situation are 28%, therefore – albeit slightly – below the overall average.

Sleep: 64% of respondents in the 40 countries involved in the survey state that they sleep well (much or quite often), without great differences between the different subgroups of the sample. Also, in this area, the Italian figure shows a better situation than the world average (70%).

 

Vilma Scarpino, CEO of Doxa and President of WIN, says:

“Health is the centerpiece of so much of our daily lives. Yet we often take it for granted – until something goes wrong. We are surrounded by health and wellness messages constantly but how healthy do we really feel? Our global survey with data from 30,890 people across 40 countries has found that there is a disconnection between how healthy we believe we are, and the risk factors associated with our behaviors. The vast majority of people around the world believe that they are very healthy or healthy; perhaps it is this belief that makes it difficult for health authorities to achieve many important behavior changes. The wide-ranging data in this report is both important and fascinating. WIN is very pleased to make this contribution towards improving world health”.

Sample and methodology:

A total of 30,890 people was interviewed, both in person and by phone and online, between October 2018 and January 2019. The margin of error is between 2.4 and 4.4% at a 95% confidence level.

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