Survey: health of house mortgage slaves at risk

13:19, November 19, 2010      

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Recent survey results show that the health of "mortgage slaves" is at risk.

The first phase survey results of the "2010 Chinese Urban Health Survey on Mortgage Slaves and Livable Environment" jointly conducted by the Chinese Hospital Association, the Beijing Health Protection Association and others were recently released.

The survey shows that people are becoming "mortgage slaves" at a younger and younger age, starting from 26 to 30 years old. They make up the main body of house purchasers in China.

The biggest concern of "mortgage slaves" is still the "price" at present. In the current context of high housing prices, nearly half of the respondents live in suburbs and outer suburbs and the livable environment of houses is ignored.

The survey shows that neck and lumbar vertebrae ailments, adiposis, cardiovascular disease, peptic ulcers, mental or psychological disorders and ulcerative colitis are the six major illnesses that threaten the health of "mortgage slaves." The proportion of "mortgage slaves" suffering from adiposis, peptic ulcers and mental or psychological disorders is greater, and the condition of mental or psychological disorders is more serious.

Depression and negative attitudes toward life and work, body aches and exhaustion, less interpersonal communication, exhaustion in creativity, feelings of loneliness and helplessness and self-contempt are currently the most difficult physical and mental conditions of "mortgage slaves." Housing stress is the number one "invisible killer" that threatens the health of "mortgage slaves," followed by family relations, job promotion and interpersonal relationships.

The survey also shows that nearly 30 percent of respondents believe their quality of life has significantly declined after purchasing a house compared with their previous life when they had no pressure from a monthly mortgage, and more than 43 percent of respondents believe there is an acceptable decline in the quality of life.

In regard to emotional changes after purchasing a house, only 20 percent of home buyers said they are happy, while more than 61 percent said they are very anxious. This is reflected in their depression, irritability and tendency to feel afraid.

By People's Daily Online


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