Chinese men are widely affected by bad living habits and a lack of awareness about mental and physical health issues. A noted psychologist claims that these men also lack exercise, which causes them a host of health problems.
Shan Li, a psychologist attached with the DRM Professional Counseling, said men are more heavily burdened with "social responsibilities. They live in poorer 'mental circumstances' and have poorer life quality than women in general, often frustrated but don't feel free to vent their emotions."
The China Daily quoted Zhang Kan, another psychologist, as saying that: "Men have shorter life expectancy than women and an undeniable part of the reason lies in the psychology".
Professor Gu Jun from the Shanghai University said men frequently are burdened with the pressure of changing social circumstances with work, marriage troubles, and at times difficulties with children.
Shanghai Women's Federation (SWF) found that some 20 percent of complaints it received were from men.
This has sparked calls from some quarters that there was a need for a federation for men.
Other statistics show men have a general laxsidasical attitude towards health issues. Figures from the 411 Hospital in Shanghai showed that 90 percent of men don't know they should or believe they should have an annual health check. Twenty percent of men never do any kind of physical exercise.
Many claimed they did not want to exercise because they were busy, tired, or focused too much on other "more important" matters. Men, more than women are also more likely drink, smoke and get ill.
Huang Qiming, a urologist with 411 Hospital said occurrences of male diseases such as prostate problems, tumors on the genitals, and male sterility, were rising. Common diseases like cardiovascular problems kill more men than women, he added.