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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Women report worse health than men in many areas

Women around the world report experiencing more physical pain, worry and sadness than men do, and there is an especially large gap between women’s and men’s health in the former Soviet Union, according to a Gallup survey published Monday.

In answer to the question, “Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your personal health?” the biggest differences between the percentage of women and men responding as “satisfied” occured in Pakistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia.
A girl looks through a bus window in the morning hours in Russia's southern city of Stavropol in this Jan. 29, 2007, file photo. Russia has one of the highest male-female gaps in health. (Eduard Korniyenko - Reuters)


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In various countries, women are also more likely than men to report physical pain:

“In 21 countries, women are at least 10 percentage points more likely than men to report experiencing physical pain. Lebanon has the largest gender gap in the world, with women 21 percentage points more likely than men to report experiencing pain,” Gallup found.


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Overall, 27 countries registered double-digit differences between the number of men and women saying they were in good health on two or more questions.

Interestingly, higher per-capita health spending doesn’t necessarily correlate with a smaller gender gap in health outcomes, Gallup found:

“While in many of the countries with double-digit gender gaps, per-capita health expenditures are less than $1,000, in some — Portugal, Malta and the Netherlands, for example — they are higher, suggesting that even if a country spends a lot on residents' health, it is not necessarily addressing men's and women's health needs equally.”

The findings are based on a global analysis of men's and women's health situations in 147 countries and areas. Gallup analyzed six dimensions of physical and emotional health, including physical pain, worry, sadness and rest.

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