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What Most Worries Women? Getting Fat or…?

This news is sad, yet not surprising. As women, we are more concerned about our weight (56%) and eating right (36%) than we are worried about getting one of three big killers for women: cancer (23%), heart problems (20%) or diabetes (18%). That’s what Meredith and NBC Universal discovered in their study, “What do Women Want?”“Many women are skipping important medical examinations, annual physicals and screenings:• Less than two-thirds (59%) of all women get an annual physical, even fewer Gen Y women (44%).• Nearly one-third of Boomer women are not getting their annual mammograms, cholesterol checks or physicals.• 62% of women regularly give themselves a breast self-examination, while only 14% of all women get a skin cancer screening at least once a year.Read more at Meredith. Ironically, Women’s Check-Up Day was earlier this month. Love yourself? Take care of yourself.Between selfimage and staying alive, this may be our biggest Procrastination Error, as women. Perhaps Hilda L. Solis, Arianna Huffington, Anna Deavere Smith and Ann Curry can spearhead a “Love Yourself” campaign to inspire more women to get vital health check-ups. From Me2We, let’s recruit apt allies, including BlogHer, The Women’s Ad Network, WIMN, Our Bodies Our Blog, AMWA and the Downtown Women’s Club. (Have you gotten your check-ups?)

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  1. Mo Stein
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    People need to tend to their health without doctors. Too expensive… and in the last 20 years it is a growing trend that medical people use cholestrol /blood pressure screenings et al. to push pharmaceuticals. They are into the numbers which have been lowered to put more people supposedly “at risk”. Med profession is indoctrinatied with pharmaceuicals. Women who watch their nutrition carefully are often quite intuitive about when they need to get care. I fought with gyne about the safety of progestigin (not progesterone) & horse urine estrogin combo 10 years ago.. Good thing. Studies showed the combo a dangerous heart issue.

  2. Posted May 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Mo
    I agree about our vital need to be aware of our body’s needs, to be intuitive and notice. And I believe in the value of the check-ups I covered in this post, especially when done by conscientious medial professionals. It is up to us to also do research, ask questions and not be swayed toward medication as the only option.

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