While it may not come as a shock, unemployment can have a negative toll on your health. Unemployed people are more likely to be depressed, and Gallup-Healthways researchers found that unemployment is linked with heart health, as well.
Along with those two effects, long-term unemployment can also cause obesity. Most people think they will be very productive and healthy during their time of unemployment, but not knowing the next time you’ll see a paycheck can really get you down. The obesity rate for people who have been unemployed for a year or more is 32.7 percent. This is compared to 22.8 percent of those who have been unemployed for two weeks or less, and 25.1 percent of people who have been unemployed for three to five weeks.
The Gallup-Healthways report used data from over 350,000 adults in 2013. They also interviewed 5,000 long-term unemployed adults and short-term unemployed adults. The report found some very unfortunate things about long-term unemployment.
“Over the longer term, one of the most worrisome implications of these relationships is that many of those who have been unemployed for a prolonged period may suffer chronic health problems even if they successfully re-enter the workforce,” the Gallup researchers wrote in the report.
The long-term unemployed reported 4.7 days in the last 30 days where their poor health kept them from usual activities, compared with 1.4 days reported by people with full-time jobs.
This information is so unfortunate. The longer you are unemployed, the harder it gets to be motivated to find a job, stay healthy, and continue on with your life. Have you ever experienced this?