Women hit hardest by recession

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THE health of women in the North East has suffered more than men’s during the recession, according to new research.

Nearly six out of 10 women in the region say they have slept less due to stress during the economic downturn, compared to 37 per cent of men. Just over half of women reported feeling depressed due to financial worries, compared to a third of men.

Half of people in the North of England who feel their health has worsened in the last two years blamed, to some extent, the recession or financial worries.

The survey for BMI Healthcare also found that nearly two-thirds of women in the region and nearly 58 per cent of men plan to improve their health and wellbeing in the coming year, through steps such as losing weight, healthier diet, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking.

Television GP Dr Hilary Jones, who practises at BMI, a private healthcare provider, said: “Stress, sleeplessness and poor diets can have a significant impact on our wellbeing, but more importantly, they can be a contributing factor to more serious health issues, such as heart disease and weight gain leading to obesity.”