Womanly Wednesday // General and Physical Health

When I wrote my post about how my feelings towards blogging have changed slightly the last few months, it made me have a think about…


womens health

When I wrote my post about how my feelings towards blogging have changed slightly the last few months, it made me have a think about the type of things I post on this blog.

I want to talk about more than just makeup and dresses, I want to discuss, interact, share my views and hear yours.

I want this space to be a blog that will give you things you can learn about, think about and encourage you to express your feelings, too. That includes both light hearted topics and some heavier, more serious bumpfh. I’m not sure if that’s a word – but it is now.

So when I was contacted about sharing the results of a survey of women across the UK regarding women’s health, I wanted to turn it into a mini-series every Wednesday for the next four weeks.

Here are the topics:

  1. General and physical health
  2. Wellbeing and mental health
  3. Sexual and reproductive health
  4. Childbirth and pregnancy

The aim of this mini series is not only to take myself out of my comfort zone and explore new topics within my blog, but also talk about some of the more uncomfortable and intimate issues that we might be a reluctant to discuss.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s move onto the first topic.

General and Physical Health of Women in the UK

Womens health infographic- general and physical health

The results from this survey are taken from 200 women in UK aged 16 and above and the research was conducted by Pharma Nord.

Some of the things that surprised me was that it’s older women that exercise more! Though I guess it makes sense if they are retired at 65, they may have more time to exercise or feel the need to exercise more if they had a job where they were on their feet.

I’m also surprised that the average amount of alcohol is 1.8 units per week, I thought it would have been much more!

What worries me is the amount of women that take medication from such a young age! 39% of women take regular medication which seems like a lot. I wonder if the contraceptive pull is included in this or not.

I’d be interested to see if there is a similar survey of men.

So where do I fit in with these results?

I don’t take any medication, I have no disabilities and I believe I’m in good health, though I’ve not had my blood pressure taken in years!

I drink more than the average women some weeks, but less others, I don’t smoke at all and exercise more than the average women.

How did you find the results, shocking or what you expected? How do you measure up against the averages?



  1. Oh wow this is really informative !!! The average amount of alcohol consumed surprised me

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I’m really loving the direction your blog is heading, the new variety of posts are thought provoking and I love them! I’m not surprise that more women exercise when they are older, I see that happening with me mum and MIL and even myself. Never felt the need to exercise when I was in my 20s because I could eat 4 burgers a day and never gain weight and I am too busy partying to be bothered with anything else. The older I get, the wiser and informative I get too so I have learn to take better care of myself.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the new posts, Shireen! I never exercised really up until about 2 or 3 years ago and now I love it!

  3. I’m all for your new direction. This inforgraphic is pretty fascinating! I’m still surprised that smoking is as high as it is in industrialized nations.


  4. This is so interesting! I also thought 39% of women taking medication was a lot, I’m sure that must include contraceptive pills?
    Most of this actually did surprise me I must admit, especially about the ages of women exercising! I’m looking forward to your new series of posts, they sound like they’ll be very interesting! 🙂

    Sian xx

    1. Yeah, it must do! But I would have thought more women would take the contraceptive pill and less women would take medication in general.

  5. is it weird that the older women exercising didn’t suprise me? Maybe it’s just where I live but my gym always seems to be full of old ladies, it’s rather morale crushing when they outrun me

    1. Hey Katie – thanks for stopping by – you have a blog or anything?

      My gym is totally different – it’s mainly men and a few women, not so many older women attend mine but my gym is in quite a studenty area, so that could be why!

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