American Psychological Association
Health & Stress:
America is currently experiencing epidemic rates of obesity and overweight, it would come as no surprise that nearly one-third of adults exercise less than once per week. Less than half of all Americans (40 percent) perceive themselves to be in excellent or very good health. S similar number of Americans say their stress levels have increased over the past five years (44 percent).
Stress has behavioral consequences which in excess could have physical consequences.
- Two-fifths of adults reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods because of stress in the past month.
- Nearly one-third said they skipped a meal because of stress in the past month.
- More than four in 10 said that due to stress they lost sleep at night in the past month.
- The most common physical symptoms of stress reported were irritability (45 percent), fatigue (41 percent) and lack of energy or motivation (38 percent).
Adults who rate their health as very good report that getting sufficient sleep, eating healthy, being physically fit or active are important ways of managing stress.
Adults who rate their health as poor report emotional and physical symptoms of stress such as irritability and anger, fatigue, lack of interest, motivation or energy, headaches and feelings of depression and sadness.