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Irish Health Facts – Men vs Women

Who’s healthier, men or women? We’ve examined some of the key health statistics in Ireland to find out..


We were surprised to discover that there are indeed some significant disparities between Irish males and females, in terms of general health, exercise, eating habits and mental wellbeing.

Although there’s no definitive answer to the big question, women are more likely to eat healthier than men but more men are highly active than women.

It was also surprising to note that women, aged 15-24, on average spend a staggering 6.7 hours per day sitting – more than any other age and gender group. However, women tend to outlive men by four years.

With regards to mental health, probable mental health problems tend to be more common among women. However, men are more likely to die by suicide.

Are you surprised by any of these figures? Let us know on social media, by using the hashtag #myIrishlife

This entry was posted in: Wellness


Irish Life is one of Ireland’s leading financial services companies with over 1 million customers. For over 75 years, we’ve been helping people in Ireland look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs.

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