Women feel the burnout
‘Energy crisis’ across an exhausted nation
AUSTRALIA is in the grip of a human energy crisis, with new data showing burnout has become our number one health worry. And experts blame work and lifestyle for the concerning trend.
Research shows “feeling better and having more energy” is given as the biggest reason for Australians wanting to change their diet — more so than losing weight, looking good or because of medical advice.
Surprisingly, a lack of energy is a common theme across all ages, sexes and states, although women are feeling it worse than men (82 per cent of females compared to 67 per cent of males).
More than 1500 Australians aged over 18 were asked to pick the biggest trigger for eating well as part of Taste’s landmark study, Recipe For Health.
Australians across all age groups rate energy as the most important reason for eating healthy. And it’s the same in every state, although South Australians feel it most at 69 per cent, closely followed by the ACT at 68 per cent and NSW fourth with 64 per cent.
Experts warned the energy slump is because of our lifestyles and diets but said it is fixable — and they urged Aussies to take a simple online test as a first step to turning that around.
Ginni Mansberg, author of Why Am I So Tired? said Australians are running out of fuel because they work too much.
“We know for women in particular we are shouldering the vast majority of the home-based work … while we often still take up the burden of paying 50 per cent of the mortgage and the bills by working full time,” she said.
Leading obesity expert Dr Nick Fuller from the University of Sydney and author of the book Interval Weight Loss said: “Fatigue and energy and everything that goes with that is often a consequence of carrying excess weight and not prioritising our health.”
When Meltem Tinci was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid she weighed 113kg. The Sydneysider underwent gastric band surgery and is now nearly half the size she used to be at 65kg.
But surgery alone wasn’t the answer for Ms Tinci, who has since had two children.
Like the rest of us, sticking to a healthy diet has been key to keeping her weight controlled — and her energy levels up.
“I wanted to be the mother that runs around,” she said.
“A healthy diet makes you feel better; and the better you feel, the better you get through the days and the weeks overall.”
Meltem Tinci has changed her eating habits and increased her energy. Picture: Sam Ruttyn