One-third of Americans suffer from extreme stress which drives them to overeat, drink, and smoke. Despite the privelidge of living a very luxurious life in comparison with the rest of the world, Americans complained of low salaries, too much work, and a lack of opportunity. Many admitted to having difficulty dealing with stress which leads them to unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking and smoking, loss of sleep, and a massive intake of junk food.
Short term stress may have the ability to be a motivating factor; however, chronic stress causes high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Many people surveyed indicated that exercise, socializing, and prayer helped the most in relieving their stress.