June 21, 2011
Men have a life expectancy five years shorter than women, a higher risk of cancer, injury, smoking illicit drug use and obesity, but are less likely to see a doctor.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare issued their report as part of their government's national male health policy.
They found 68% of men are overweight or obese. And, 48% have a mental health condition.
Only 5% eat enough fruit and vegetables; and 16% did not visit a doctor last year.
The report states several reasons for men's reluctance to get help including the fact many services are not open outside working hours and embarrassment about discussing emotional or sexual health.