Over 60 percent of youngsters afraid to look at med examination reports for fear of bad news

62.6 percent of respondents admit they are too scared to look at their medical examination reports, according to a recent survey.

1,979 young people aged between 18 and 35 took part in the survey, which was conducted by the social survey center of China Youth Daily via wenjuan.com.

When asked why they are afraid to look at their medical reports, 62.6 percent of respondents said they were worried the physical examinations would show negative results.

The survey suggested that they were mainly concerned about high blood pressure and blood fat, heart or lung dysfunction, and other problems related to the spine, immune system and digestion.

Meanwhile, 60.9 percent of those asked admitted that they had adopted an unhealthy lifestyle which may have caused damage to their health.

Young people are more likely to stay up late, not exercise enough and have a poor diet, said Wang Xingguo, director of nutrition department at the Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, citing that young people drink too many soft drinks, don’t stay hydrated, and eat a lot of take-out food and overly processed snacks.

Wang believes it necessary to further health education among the younger generations, so they realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle.