HOME > UNCLASSIFIED > 75% of working women suffer from health problems – survey

75% of working women suffer from health problems – survey

The daily ‘multitask’ requirement on working women is taking a toll on their health with three-fourth of them in the age group of 32-58 suffering from some life-style, chronic and acute ailment, as per a survey done by ASSOCHAM for the International Women’s Day (March 8).

The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) latest study on “Multitasking Seriously Affecting corporate Women’s Health”, reveals that 78%  of working women surveyed in the age bracket of 32-58 years were found to be afflicted with lifestyle, chronic and acute ailments such as obesity, depression, chronic backache, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart, kidney disease etc. Those in the younger age bracket manage to cope up but are in a danger of slipping into the health problems, it said.

About 42 per cent of working women were found to be suffering from lifestyle diseases like backache, obesity, depression, diabetes, hyper-tension and heart ailments. Twenty-two per cent of women taken in the sample survey were reported to be suffering from chronic diseases and 14 per cent of the women had acute ailments.

Working women suffer from health disorder:

“The bar for being a good parent, the normative values of being a good mother, have gotten very high, and that leave mothers feeling a lot of pressure and stress,” said Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM while releasing the survey on the eve of International Women’s Day.

While they are called upon to balance between their home and office responsibilities, increasing level of  job demands, long working hours, working under deadlines leads majority of them (72%) to general anxiety disorder. City commuting made difficult by inadequate public transport makes it worse while the issue of their safety keeps haunting them, adds the survey.
“Corporate women play a vital role. They have to double up as valued employees at their work place and home-makers after office hours. This takes a toll on their health. The ASSOCHAM would urge its member corporates to try and make the work environment as friendly as possible for them. Half-an hour Yoga sessions at work places can also help,” said Mr. Rawat.image001 (1)

Majority of the respondents said, while the jobs were demanding, fear of losing jobs in an environment of economic slowdown and low employment generation was making things worse for working women, points out the survey.

The worse part is that a majority of women suffering from such ailments do not get to visit the doctor. The reasons vary from a busy schedule to staying in denial mode and some of them take to home remedial measures. Increasing cost of medical also adds to the problem, particularly for those at the lower strata of jobs, adds the survey.

In the process, those suffering from chronic problems end up spending Rs four to five thousand per month on health care including the expensive tests. The penetration of medical insurance is pathetically low with the entire issue of health insurance requiring a relook, adds the survey.

The ASSOCHAM study was based on the survey of 2,800 corporate female employees from 120 various companies/organizations across 11 broad sectors of the economy focused on the health issues of corporate female employees. They covered all levels of hierarchy and the problem of health was found be prevailing all through the ladder of their seniority and grades.  The survey conducted in 10 cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Women employees from 11 broad sectors:

Corporate female employees’ hectic schedule of balancing workplace and home along with balancing between social and personal requirements causes their health care ignored, highlights the survey.

The increasingly demanding schedules and high stress levels are leading to sleep disorders in individual lives and has wide ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, low pain threshold and increase absenteeism. The survey found that nearly 42 per cent of the working women sleep less than 6 hours, on a daily basis.

Follow ULTRA.news
10.6% of Indians have mental disorders; country faces severe shortage About 10.6% of adults in India suffer from some sort of mental disorder, including substance abuse problems, a study by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences or NIMHANS found.The study was conducted in 12 states of India by the Bangalore-based institution....
Measles makes a comeback, especially in North India The number of people getting infected with measles, a deadly disease that causes a red rash and is spread through the air, has shown a steady increase in four adjoining states of North India, as well as Gujarat.Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles vi...
Zydus Cadila gets approval for obesity drug in USA Zydus Cadila said it received the final approval from the US FDA to market obesity drug Phentermine Hydrochloride.The drug will be marketed in the form of orally disintegrating tablets in strengths of 15 mg, 30 mg, and 37.5 mg.The drug is used to treat obesity in people w...
India is the first country to reuse nuclear waste on large scale – Minister A rally to popularize nuclear power in Mumbai in 2014The Department of Atomic Energy today said that India is the first country in the world where the waste produced by nuclear power plants is being used for civilian applications.Jitendra Singh, the minister of state ove...
Nearly a quarter of all food samples tested found fake or adulterated Food Adulteration and Testing in India, FY16Over one-fifth of all food samples tested in India's government labs in the last year were found to be fake or adulterated, according to numbers compiled from various state government food testing facilities by union government's d...
Lopinavir syrup for children with HIV now available across India – Govt NACO ran out of Lopinavir stock in FebruaryMinister of health and family welfare Anupriya Patel said Lopinavir syrup, the life-saving drug given to infants and toddlers with HIV has been restocked by the National Aids Control Organization."NACO has done an emergency proc...
Cancer cases in India jump 4.5% in 2016 to 14.5 lakh The number of cancer cases in India jumped by 4.5% in 2016 to 14.51 lakh, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR.The number implies that 1 in 930 people in India have cancer as of 2016.In 2015, the total number of cancer patients in India was estima...
Air India grounds 30 air hostesses for being overweight Air India, India's national carrier, has grounded 30 women and 4 men among its cabin crew for being overweight, the civil aviation ministry said in reply to a query.The grounded crew, however, comprises only 1% its total cabin crew strength of 3,490.Air India said it ...
Kerala government doctor goes behind the veil to teach Muslim women A government doctor in Kerala has come under criticism on social media for taking a Polio vaccination awareness class for women from behind a veil.According to local media reports, nearly 100 women participated in the thinly veiled awareness drive conducted by a medical super...
Worried about your diet? Try CSE’s new online interactive tool Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has launched an online interactive tool to help people know about their food and dietary habits.“What we eat affects our health. But most of us do not know what we eat and how it affects our health. ´KNOW YOUR DIET´ is a first of its k...
Dr.Reddy’s introduces new packaging philosophy Dr. Reddyś laboratories, an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company, said it is introducing new packaging style for its products.Starting with the India market, the new packaging will be rolled-out in phased manner over the next six months for it´s 25 brands.Dr. Reddy...
Samsung’s latest fitness band, ‘smart’ headphone up for preorder on Flipkart @ Rs.... Samsung's fitness devices -- Gear Fit2 fitness band and Gear IconX smart headphone -- are now available for pre-order on Flipkart.The devices were unveiled in India earlier this month and are priced in the Rs 13,490-13,990 range.The Gear Fit2 band is priced at Rs 13,990 a...
US FDA updates warning against widespread use of fluoroquinolones The US Food & Drug Administration issued a warning against casual usage of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, arguably the most widely used broad-spectrum antibiotic in India.USFDA advised that the side effects caused by the use of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs would outw...
Thomas Cook to provide free toilets at tourist spots across India Thomas Cook said it is planning to install pre-fabricated toilets at tourist spots, starting with Ooty.This Pre-fabricated toilet units can be used free of cost and the units will be maintained by Thomas Cook India’s subsidiary, Sterling Resorts.These toilets will includ...
LG introduces mosquito repellent TV in India @ Rs 26,900 LG Electronics has introduced a 'Mosquito Away' TV which uses an ultra sonic device to drive mosquitoes away."It offers the Indian consumers complete peace of mind. So far in India, Televisions were just for viewing entertainment, but now with the LG Mosquito Away Televis...
No automatic grant of maternity leave for surrogate mothers: Govt Surrogate mothers in government of India service are not automatically eligible for maternity leave and leaves are granted on a "case to case" basis, according to a statement by the government.Leaves have been granted in a few cases "taking the totality of circumstances into ...
CII advices caution in implementing Preferential Market Access for medical equipment The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India’s biggest association of companies, has urged the government of India not to implement a Preferential Market Access for medical equipment without first setting the groundwork for promoting a components and ancillary industry in th...
Aishwarya Rai voted ‘yummiest mummy’, Katrina Kaif seen as future yummy mummy Aishwarya Rai has been voted as the Yummiest Mummy, while Katrina Kaif has been voted as likely to be the next Yummy Mummy in Bollywood, according to a survey conducted AC Neilsen among expectant couples.Aishwarya Rai with 72% votes voted as Yummiest mummy in Bollywood, while...
Some of us are aging thrice as fast as normal – Study Some people age far faster than others even if they look young, a study of over a thousand people conducted by University of Otago in New Zealand confirmed.The study found that at a real age of 38, some of the participants were showing signs of being much older than they shou...
Alcohol rising as a cause of liver damage in youngsters The proportion of people who suffer liver damage from alcohol consumption vs the traditional cause -- hepatitis -- is on the rise in cities like Mumbai, doctors said.Hepatitis virus has been a major cause of liver damage for a long time but nowadays the ratio has gone down. T...
Is Homeopathy effective and safe? Yes, say practitioners from across the globe One of the constant and recurring themes, especially on social media, is the effectiveness and genuineness of Homeopathy as a valid system of medicine.While both sides have strong arguments, and often strong passion, the Global Homeopathy Foundation has taken it in its hands ...
Your chance of surviving H1N1 Swine Flu became bleaker this year, mortality rate 25% The mortality rates of Swine Flu or H1N1 infection in India has risen alarmingly to one-fourth of all infections this year, according to government data.The rate of death climbed to 24.5% of all patients in the first eleven months of this year, compared to 13.3% in the previo...
CSE says poultry industry spreading half-truths Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the New Delhi-based research and advocacy think-tank, released a statementin response to what it called myths perpetuated by the Indian poultry industry.Following the impact on chicken sales in certain states of India after the r...
Half of Indian brides are underage – report Close to half of India's girls are married before the age of 18, and one in five is married even before she turns 15, a report by Dasra, a philanthropic foundation, said.According to the report, India accounts for 40% of the world’s 60 million child marriages, which is th...