A survey has found that one in five British women believe that the 'man-flu', which leaves sufferers falling prostrate on the couch while watching sports on TV, is real.
The survey, which questioned 2,000 British adults about health and wellbeing, showed that misconceptions and old wives' tales, including the myth that eating carrots improves night vision, prevail among the population when it comes to beliefs about common illnesses.
Advertisement"Unbelievably, there are still a lot of misconceptions around how minor illnesses and conditions are caused or prevented," the Daily Mail quoted study leader Mike Smith, as saying in a statement.
More than a third of people said that sugar makes children hyper, and 37 percent said they believed we lose most of our body heat through our heads-the most popular misconception of the survey.
While the face, head and chest are more sensitive to temperature change than the rest of the body, covering one part of the body has as much effect as covering any other, researchers said.
"The Contagion study suggests that a large majority of the population are still under the illusion that they can, for example, get square eyes from watching too much television, or get better night vision from eating more carrots," Smith said.
"These are just not true, but do go to show that no matter how many millions are spent on health and education, some medical myths still prevail," he added.
When illness strikes, almost half of people agreed that men exaggerate their symptoms to get attention, with 38 percent also believing that men take longer to recover from illness than women.