Is The Perception Of Health Skewed By Your Health?

I was reading a story in the WSJ (1/12-13/08) about “How the Rich Define Rich” and wondered if those that are healthy have a different perception of healthy.  Is it an endless path or is there an end goal?  I certainly think that those that are healthy have a different perception of what it means to be healthy.  I would believe they are more likely to buy natural foods, exercise, and take other actions to continue to be healthy.

“Of the respondents, 45% said $5 million or more [is how much it takes to be rich], 25% said $25 million or more, and 8% said $100 million.”  Survey of affluent households with investible assets of $500,000 or more.

For example, a marathon runner would view a 30-minute workout as pretty limited.  But, someone who doesn’t workout would think of a 30-minute workout as pretty strenuous.   Obviously, this is important when you interact with them.  The message you deliver to motivate those 3 different groups may need to be very different.  Given some of the research out last year about your health being motivated by the health of your friends, there is clearly a Health 2.0 opportunity to create communities and health activists to motivate people to improve their health together.

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