A clear majority of Vaudois say they will be in good health in 2022

A clear majority of Vaudois say they will be in good health in 2022
A clear majority of Vaudois say they will be in good health in 2022

While the population is aging and global news is not conducive to mental well-being, a clear majority of the Vaudois population declares to be in good, even very good health in 2022. However, stress is increasing among active people and, unlike that of seniors, the mental health of young people is deteriorating.

Today’s young generation is more athletic than the previous one, but less so than the Swiss average. In addition, since 2012, alcohol and tobacco consumption has tended to decrease among young men while it is stable among young women, notes Statistique Vaud in the latest Numerus published on Tuesday.

Mental health indicators are, however, less encouraging: 21% of 15 to 25 year-olds suffer from anxiety disorders and 29% from moderate or high psychological distress. The feeling of loneliness has also almost tripled in ten years to reach 15%. Internet use is also problematic for almost one in two young people.

Burnout at work

In the canton, two out of five active people are exposed to at least three physical risks (out of a list of ten). These are mainly repetitive movements of the hands or arms, a painful or tiring position or having to remain standing.

In terms of psychosocial risks, a quarter of 26 to 64 year-olds feel stress most of the time at work. In ten years, this share has gained ten percentage points among women and eight among men.

At the same time, the difficulty of reconciling work and family obligations concerns 21% of women and 15% of men. Finally, physical and emotional exhaustion at work, a risk factor for burnout, is more present in the canton of Vaud (30%) than the Swiss average (22%).

Good mentality despite illnesses

Between the ages of 45 and 64, 29% of the population is affected by high cholesterol, an identical proportion by high blood pressure and one in five people suffer from osteoarthritis. After the age of 65, these proportions are 41%, 52% and 45% respectively. Furthermore, nearly one in five people are fighting or have fought cancer during their lifetime.

If, after 64 years, one in two people say they suffer from a chronic or long-term illness, mental health seems better than among younger people. Indeed, only 6% suffer from moderate to severe depressive symptoms and 6% from loneliness.

Covid not too impactful

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected a certain number of people, the majority of the population does not mention long-term consequences on their mental and physical health, underlines Statistique Vaud.

Between the ages of 15 and 64, about six out of ten people have been infected with the coronavirus. Among seniors (65 and over), less than a third have been infected. Symptoms lasted between a few days and a week for nearly two-thirds of those infected and between one and two weeks for just over a quarter of them, the press release details.

Conducted every five years by the Federal Statistical Office, the Swiss Health Survey has been analysing the health of the people of Vaud for thirty years. For its 2022 edition, 1,675 people were interviewed in the canton.

This article was published automatically. Source: ats

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