Despite their optimism, Romanians are among the most stressed Europeans with high blood pressure, eye and dental problems. The Dutch, French, British and Swiss are the least affected by chronic stress.
Two of three Romanians said they were preoccupied with their health problems adding that, during the past year, they had tried to prevent rather than treat. Eighty percent of doctor visits are caused by stress, 42 percent of the population tried to lose weight sometime over the last 12 months, 31 percent take vitamins and do some type of sport, 30 percent decided to try natural supplements and 10 percent took out health insurance. Other moves toward a healthier life here include resolutions to quit smoking. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they were ready to give up or have tried in the past, eight percent over the European average.