Herbalife Nutrition Released Findings from The Asia Pacific Health Inertia Survey 2021

3:51:40 PM | 11/1/2021

Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, has released findings from the Asia Pacific Health Inertia Survey 2021, which revealed that 1 in 2 (54%) consumers in Vietnam said that their current mental and physical health were less than ideal (‘fair’ or ‘poor’), outnumbering those who felt that they were ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. Compared to a year ago, Asia Pacific consumers were split over whether the state of their health is better or worse.

For those who saw a deterioration in their physical health in the past 12 months, seven in ten (73%) attributed it to the lack of physical activity, followed by eating more unhealthy food (45%) and lack of community support to keep up with exercise regimen (32%). When it comes to mental health deterioration, the key reasons included stress over work uncertainties (60%), staying home more often due to movement restrictions (67%), and the lack of social interactions (41%).

For the respondents who saw an improvement in their physical and mental health compared to 12 months ago, the common contributing factor was more exercise. Other factors included consumption of healthier meals, community support and more personal time and space.

Conducted in July and August 2021, Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Health Inertia Survey 2021 polled 5,496 consumers aged 18 and above in 11 Asia Pacific markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The survey revealed insights into the impact of the pandemic on consumers’ health, as well as their attitudes and behaviors towards improving their well-being.

Many Started Eating Healthier, Exercising More

Despite most Asia Pacific consumers seeing the current state of their health as less than ideal, many have taken the first step out to eat healthier and exercise more as a result of the pandemic.

Consumers in the region said they started eating healthier, with the trend being most evident in Vietnam (78%). Among those who said they started to eat less healthily due to the pandemic, the number one factor was the ability to easily access unhealthy snacks.

The survey also revealed that 64% consumers started exercising more because of the pandemic. For those who exercised less during the pandemic, most claimed to exercise 1 to 3 days less per week, citing lack of personal motivation to exercise, lack of space at home to exercise, and the inability to access gyms and fitness centers as the main reasons.

Technology Key in Enabling Healthy Active Behaviors

With the digital wave sweeping across countries in Asia Pacific, technology and social media is also playing a more important role to support healthy active living.

7 in ten (72%) consumers in Vietnam now use technology tools such as publicly available virtual fitness classes and videos (60%), fitness trackers (40%), fitness and workout apps (33%) and nutrition apps (39%) to support their healthy living regimen.

More consumers in Vietnam also found that social media had a positive influence (40%) on their mental health than a negative influence (15%).

Clear Desire to Kickstart Healthy Active Lifestyles

When asked about their plans to adopt healthy active living habits in the next 12 months, an overwhelming majority (96%) of consumers said that they plan to eat more healthily, while 91% plan to exercise more.

Herbalife Nutrition Virtual Run 2021 Spurs Momentum for Healthy Active Living

Herbalife Nutrition’s annual Virtual Run will make its return from October 1 to October 31. Organized as part of the Company’s Get Moving with Good Nutrition campaign, which aims to spark widespread action towards living a healthier life, the run will take place in 11 markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Herbalife Nutrition’s Virtual Run 2020 saw more than 14,000 participants clocking close to 600,000 kilometers across Asia Pacific. This year, the Virtual Run has set bigger and bolder goals, supported by a wider range of engagement platforms and digital content to equip Asia Pacific consumers with healthy living tips and tools, as well as to help them foster a supportive community on their running journey.

T.H (Vietnam Business Forum)