Long working hours and job stress are key barriers to a healthy heart, feel Indians as per a recent survey. Besides, 83 per cent of Indians said they give in to temptation of food and 74 per cent believed that healthy food is not tasty and hence can’t be eaten regularly, said the Saffolalife Study 2017.
Along with long working hours (80 per cent), long travelling hours (69 per cent) are also seen as a reason people are not able to do enough for their heart health.
The study was conducted among 1,306 respondents (648 men and 658 women) across Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. The study was commissioned by AC Nielsen among those who have been identified to be at risk of cardio-vascular diseases.
Many Indians (76 per cent) cited job stress and home stress as reasons that come in the way of efforts to stay healthy. When it comes to women’s heart health, stress at home (75 per cent) and job stress (77 per cent) impacted over 70 per cent of women. Among women, factors like “having to cook separately for herself if want to have a healthy meal” (74 per cent) and “concern about what will others say” (65 per cent) also came out as barriers.