New survey shows healthy living costs more in Singapore, compared to Hong Kong and Malaysia

The Straits Times

Healthy living doesn’t seem to be for everyone, especially when it costs more to lead a healthy lifestyle in Singapore.

A survey conducted by Manulife across Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines has found that Singapore is the most expensive country out of the four to lead a healthy lifestyle.

On average, Singaporeans spend an average of S$406 a month on healthy living, S$202 of which is spent on exercise gear and classes. They also spend an average of S$184 on fresh groceries monthly, the highest figure of all four countries.

Manulife Singapore

In comparison, health junkies in the other countries surveyed spend less on healthy living, with those in Hong Kong spending S$389, while those in Malaysia fork out S$335.

Manulife Singapore

Perhaps it is because of this that Singaporeans were also least likely to want to spend on healthy food, with just 22 per cent indicating willingness to do so.

Manulife Singapore

Although most of the 1,000 Singapore respondents said they tried to eat and drink healthily as often as possible, 52 per cent said they found it more expensive to make healthier food choices, and ended up choosing less healthy food when eating out because it is tastier, cheaper and more filling.

Manulife Singapore

And while four out of five Singaporeans chose to stay healthy mentally and physically through general everyday activities such as walking up the stairs, one in three hoped to earn cash back as a reward for choosing a healthier lifestyle.

Manulife Singapore

Manulife Singapore revealed these results on Tuesday (Jan 16), at the launch of its ManulifeMOVE programme, which offers $50 cashback for policy holders who manage to clock an average of 10,000 steps a day for six months.

The study surveyed a total of 4,000 participants aged 21-65 in the four countries, with age, gender, monthly household income and ethnicity taken into account to be a representative sample of each market’s overall population.