Men’s health week: 6 key insights on American men's health habits and attitudes
June 12th, 2024, Janice Fernandes

Men’s health week: 6 key insights on American men's health habits and attitudes

This week marks Men's Health Week, a time to raise awareness about the importance of overall well-being for men. This year, we delve into data from YouGov Profiles to explore key takeaways about American men's attitudes towards health.

1. Mental health matters

There's a clear consensus on the importance of mental health with 85% of men agreeing that talking openly about mental health is crucial. This sentiment holds strong across all age groups, signifying a growing awareness of mental well-being. Additionally, 82% of men acknowledge the importance of mental health in the workplace.

2. Tech and fitness tracking

Wearable devices have become popular tools for monitoring health. While 61% of men believe these devices can motivate them to be healthier, younger consumers are more likely to embrace this technology (68% of 18-29-year-olds vs. 49% of 65+). Men (33%) are more likely to track blood pressure than women.

3. The diet debate

Dietary preferences play a significant role in health. Data reveals a divide regarding meat consumption. While 36% of men agree that a meatless diet is healthier, 48% disagree, suggesting meat remains a dietary staple for a plurality of American men. The data also reveals a split (42% agree vs. 42% disagree) on whether dietary supplements can be an adequate substitute for an unhealthy diet.

4. Exercise routines

More than half (59%) of American men say they work out multiple times a week. However, a significant portion (45%) also acknowledges that healthy eating and exercise aren't appealing to them. This internal conflict cuts across all age groups. Interestingly, among men who exercise regularly, nearly half (46%) prioritize appearance over health as a motivator for diet and exercise.

5. Happiness and health connection

The link between happiness and health is a complex one. While half of all men (50%) agree that overall health is a prerequisite for happiness, a significant portion (59%) acknowledges neglecting their own health needs. This sentiment is more prevalent among younger men, with roughly three in five each revealing that they don't look after their health as much as they should (60% of 18-29-year-olds) compared to a smaller but sizeable 54% of those aged 55 and older.

6. Healthcare access

Health insurance availability remains a major concern in the US. Around two-thirds (67%) believe the federal government should ensure health insurance for all. However, a significant minority (23%) disagree. This division falls along generational lines. Younger men (73% of 18–29-year-olds and 73% of 30–44-year-olds) are much more likely to support government-backed healthcare, whereas less than half of men over 55 years old agree (53%).

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Methodology: YouGov Profiles is based on continuously collected data and rolling surveys, rather than from a single limited questionnaire. Profiles data for the United States is nationally representative of the population and weighted by age, gender, education, region, and race. Learn more about Profiles.

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