While news about Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions are aplenty on various media channels, it’s not often we hear about the health and well-being of Iranians.
A new study, titled ‘Iranian Health and Well-being‘ was conducted by Chimigi, Iran’s first online research panel. It included results from 1700 Iranian citizens who responded. Some interesting facts regarding citizen health and national health care trends have emerged from the study.
According to online research conducted in Iran, 81% of respondents perceive themselves as very healthy, while only 11% claim to be smokers.
Of the 1700 respondents who were included in the survey 82% eats fruit at least once a day, 28% avoid soft drinks alt0gether, with 62% admitting to the guilty pleasure of a soda once in a while.
Forty-seven percent of the respondents supplement their diet with artificial vitamins. Of this group, 81% of them take general multi-vitamins. The top-three most preferred supplements include Iron (39%), Zinc (22%) and Cod Liver Oil (15%). But 40% of respondents admitted to taking them infrequently.
More than half of the respondents claimed that they exercise at least 1 to 3 times per week. The most preferred types of exercise included walking (66%), swimming (30%) and running (23%). The majority of respondents declared the top reason for exercising regularly was to ‘feel good’.
According to the study when seeking health advice, Iranians prefer family members over doctors.
“Iranian lifestyles are as much reflective of modern best-practices as they are of the tried and true traditions that have endured from one generation to the next.” — Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh, the Managing Partner at Conovi, the parent company behind the online research panel.
The demographics of the sample consisted of a highly-educated audience, with 65% holding a bachelors degree or higher. Twenty-two percent are 18 to 24 years of age, 49% between 25 to 34 and 20% between 35 to 54. Seventy-five percent of the respondents were male. Fifty percent were married and 46% reported being single at the time of the study.