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Aviva Survey Links Women’s Stress Level to Their Financial Situation and Health

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A strong relationship exists between women’s level of stress, how they feel about their financial situation and their health, according to new research.

Aviva USA, West Des Moines Iowa, published this finding in a summary of results from a survey conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aviva USA surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. adults, both men and women, on their health habits and financial preparedness to uncover how these factors impact their overall well-being. The survey was carried out by Ipsos S.A., a Paris, France-based market research company.

According to the survey, three out of four women say they are somewhat, very or extremely stressed. Among those women who are extremely stressed, 82% say they are uncomfortable with their financial situation.

In addition, 58% of women report having gained weight in the past 10 years. That number jumps to 68% among women identifying themselves as extremely stressed.

Although the majority of American women say they have gained weight in the past 10 years and feel stressed, nearly four out of five women consider themselves to be in good to excellent health, the survey adds.

Among the report’s other findings:

Only about a third of women are comfortable with their current financial situation.

The primary factor contributing to stress for women ages 30-54 is their financial situation, while women ages 55-70 list family/relationships as their top stress factor.

Women who report being extremely stressed are 3½ times more likely to be uncomfortable with their financial situation than those who are not stressed.

One out of four women ages 30-70 rarely or never exercise.

Fifty-one percent of women ages 30-54 admit to feeling “overwhelmed” sometimes when thinking about preparing for retirement, while 42% of women ages 55-70 feel the same way.