American women have less money, time, and support than men — and it's taking a toll on their health

February 19, 2020 by Business Insider

Living a healthy lifestyle can be a constant struggle, whether it's remembering to eat enough vegetables or working out regularly.

Time and money are the biggest reasons Americans say they struggle with living a healthy lifestyle, and a lack of support is another major factor, according to a recent report from wellness technology platform Mindbody. But while many people grapple with similar setbacks to healthy living, every single obstacle affects women more than it affects men, the report found.

Mindbody's 2020 Wellness Index surveyed 20,000 adults in the 50 most populous US cities on their fitness and wellness habits. It also analyzed health data and data from sources including the US Census Bureau and business listing services.

In the survey, most Americans cited money constraints as the biggest obstacles to healthy living, followed by a lack of time. Other major hindrances were difficulty with self-accountability, a lack of support or being surrounded by unmotivated people, and limited access to healthy food.

While 19% of men said they don't face any obstacles at all to healthy living, only 14% of women said the same.

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