NEW YORK — Does living your best life simply cost too much money? Almost six in 10 Americans agree that being healthy is too expensive.
A new survey of 2,005 people finds 59 percent see the high cost of health and wellness as a major barrier to living a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more difficult for those who live in cities, with 68 percent of urban-dwellers saying the cost of staying healthy is too high.
Eating healthy is a low priority for many
Mental health tops the list, with 65 percent saying it’s very important — with “living in a safe environment” (also 65%) and “having good relationships with friends and family” (61%) following closely behind. Another 59 percent of all respondents say they exercise more than three times a week, suggesting that Americans are still at least trying to practice healthy habits despite the possibility of other systemic barriers.
“Eating healthy food,” though, is a priority for just 50 percent of respondents. Only 22 percent of those in the poll know of a nearby grocery store that sells affordable, good-quality fresh produce. For almost four in five (79%), the nearest grocery store is more than a mile from their home, with the average distance being 4.1 miles from their doors.
Instead, many resort to regularly eating fast food — just under three times a week on average, while another 24 percent say they indulge five or more times a week. The poll also finds 80 percent of respondents either suffer from or know someone with a health condition which doctors may attribute to their lifestyle, like type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
“We know firsthand the implications of diet-related illnesses and we’ve seen the impact they’ve had on our families,” says Kareem Cook, CMO and co-founder at Naturade, in a statement.
The motivation to change
“It’s heartening to see Americans taking steps to improve their health and wellness,” adds Claude Tellis, CEO and co-founder at Naturade. “Another step you can take is kickstarting your day with something that tastes delicious and fills you up – two critical factors when it comes to making long-term health changes. By choosing a high-protein shake, you’re giving your body a low glycemic product that is diabetic friendly.”