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HT Youth Survey: Indian women prefer dieting, men go for exercise

Are India’s young women more health-concious than men?

Youth Survey 2017 Updated: Oct 11, 2017 10:29 IST
HT Correspondent
39.6% of young Indian women monitor their diets regularly as compared to 35.2% of men, finds HT Youth Survey.
39.6% of young Indian women monitor their diets regularly as compared to 35.2% of men, finds HT Youth Survey. (Shutterstock)

Indians aren’t concerned about their health – or at least that’s what the survey reveals. Just 30% of the respondents follow some kind of exercise routine and 37.5% watch their diet. Out of them, however, what’s clear is that women prefer dieting and men like to exercise.

Across cities, 39.6% women are monitoring their diets regularly as compared to 35.2% of men. And, 33.2% men exercise regularly as compared to 26.8% women.

Both sexes are not informed about the benefits of fibre and gluten-free food. More than 50% of men and women say it is not important for them to choose food items with high fibre content. They don’t know that it is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and can prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight problems and improve digestion. Men, 35.7%, and women, 35.9%, also don’t see the importance of unsaturated fat.

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Probiotics did not find many takers among women, with just 35.1% of them saying it’s important compared to 38.9% men.

Though enough information is available on organic food, just 36.1% women compared to 42.1% men say it is important to choose food grown without the use of pesticides.

At 50.7%, more men consume greens than women, a finding that was reversed when it came to chocolates. A higher percentage of women, 31.2%, preferred chocolate than men, 29.5%.

Fitness through yoga is the popular choice for 22.5% women as compared to 17.3% men.

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Survey Methodology: India Youth Survey 2017 was carried out by MaRS Monitoring and Research Systems in 16 state capitals and major towns in India- Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Chandigarh in the north, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi in the East, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Indore in the West, and Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi in the South.

Target respondents were both male and female from age groups 18-21 years and 22-25 years, belonging to households with durable ownership of CTV, Refrigerator and at least two of: Car, Two Wheeler, Home computer/laptop, Air Conditioner and Washing machine. The respondent was either currently a student of undergraduate or above or employed with education graduate or above. Additionally the respondent was a regular user of internet on the smart phone and member of a social networking site. Total sample size was 5700, equally divided among men and women and the two age groups. Survey was carried out from July 10 to July 31, 2017