Fed up of where you live? Your health could be affected

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fed up of where you live? Your health could be affected

If you're fed up of where you live it may be time to consider a move on health grounds. Research released by polling company Gallup has proved a correlation between being unhappy with your city and a propensity for suffering illness.

Adults who are happy with where they were living are less likely to report having experienced physical pain, being obese, having headaches, or having ever been diagnosed with asthma, diabetes or high cholesterol according to the company's findings.

Health benefits also came from people feeling safe within their community. The research found that those who feel safe while walking alone at night in the city or area where they live are in better physical health than those who do not feel safe doing so. Similarly, those who say they have easy access to a safe place to exercise in the city or area where they live are in better physical health than those who don't.

Although factors including income and education all have a bearing on an individual's health, the new research suggests that an individual's perceptions about where they live also shape their physical wellbeing.

'These findings provide support for the ecological model of health, which suggests that one's living conditions, community safety, community development, and civic engagement, among other factors, affect community members' health outcomes,' said Gallup.

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