Many adults struggle to implement healthy lifestyle choices — and a new survey from YouGov and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) found that fatigue and a lack of motivation are the biggest barriers to a healthy lifestyle.
What prevents people from making healthy choices? On Wednesday, an online survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of WCRF asked 2,086 U.K. adults what prevented them from implementing healthy lifestyle choices, such as a healthier diet and increased physical activity. Respondents could select multiple reasons contributing to their lifestyle. Overall, 38% of respondents said they lack the motivation to make healthy changes and 35% said they feel “too tired.”
Respondents also cited the cost of food (30%), a lack of time (26%), work/life balance (25%), the cost of exercising (25%), a lack of confidence (16%), and “not knowing where to start” (12%) as factors preventing them from adopting a healthy lifestyle. Only 24% of respondents said nothing prevented them from making healthy choices. Among 25- to 34-year-old respondents, 48% said they felt “too tired” to implement healthy changes, compared to just 23% of respondents aged 55 and over who cited the same reason.
Excerpted from the Advisory Board