Women are greater hypochondriacs

A report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that women are more likely to report illness than men, but are less likely to die from bad health.  According to information provided by more than 750,000 people on national census forms completed in 2001, “Women were more likely than men to report that they were in “not good” or “fairly good” health, but they were less likely to die during the follow-up period.”


The data also revealed that certain social groups, including people who have never married, are divorced or are seperated from their partners, are both more likely to report ill health and more likely to die in the following five years.

Other groups who were more susceptible to illness included people living in council or association homes, people who had no educational qualifications, people who were unemployed and people who did not own a car, the Daily Mail reported.

The report claimed that Scotland had the lowest proportion of hypochondriacs – not because they were less likely to report ill health, but because they were statistically more likely to die within five years of doing so due to high rates of mortality in a number of Scottish towns and cities.

The findings followed the announcement by scientists earlier this week that ‘man flu’ could be a genuine result of differences in men’s and women’s immune systems due to evolution, rather than a fictitious affliction dreamt up by men.

Men, whose primary job was to hunt for food, developed weaker immune systems due to the risks involved, while women’s immunity from illness was stronger because of their childbearing role, the researchers from Cambridge University found.

Via Telegraph