More than half of all young people between 20 and 35 years old consider themselves to be happy and optimistic

• For 8 in 10 Millennials, emotional health is just as important as physical health.

• They make an exception on the weekends and during leisure time, by taking a break from their usual habits.

• Their image is a motivation for taking care of themselves: 30% share their achievements on social media and 70% do sports in order to look their best.

• They are digital natives and turn to apps and wearables to look after their health.

• Resting is one unresolved issue: 4 in 10 millennials suffer from insomnia, and more of them are women.

• The Catalans do more sports, the Valencians cook more, the Andalusians worry more about their health and the Basques suffer less stress.

Physically and emotionally healthy. This is how the majority of Spaniards from 20 to 35 years old feel, according to the Millennials y Salud (Millennials and Health) report, an investigation which has been presented today byFundación MAPFRE and the consultancy firm Salvetti Llombart. This report reveals that young people in this age group are concerned about their physical and mental health and seek to have healthy habits and good social relationships, seen as the keys to being happy. Half of the young people in this age group consider themselves to be happy, laid back and optimistic.

This report, the result of 1600 surveys, aimed to find out how Millennial young people perceive their health, particularly in terms of aspects related to what they eat, physical activity, emotional well-being and rest, as well as other habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption and their sex life. The Millennial generation includes 8.2 million Spaniards, some 17.6% of the Spanish population. They have a high level of education (51% have been to university), 1 in 3 lives with their parents and their salaries are mostly around the 1000 euro mark.


The majority of young people have a very good understanding of their own health, which is the key to their happiness. While the Baby Boomers and Generation X believe that health is more important from a physical and individual perspective, for Millennials it is anemotional and aspirational concept, meaning that they see their health as being linked to mental and emotional well-being, which is just as important as being physically healthy. 91% believe that they are in good mental shape, 86% feel physically well and 85% feel good from an emotional standpoint.

In general, young people from this generation have incorporated healthy eating habits and regular physical activity into their lives and they are well-informed about their benefits. In this sense, 6 in 10 millennials walk at least half an hour a day, they eat fruit and vegetables on a regular basis and try to sleep at least 8 hours a day during the week. Only 33% admit that their health does not worry them excessively. This generation are digital natives (99% have a mobile) and they use new technologies in the area of health in order to find information, to follow social media influencers and to monitor their activity with apps and wearables.


The report shows that young people between 20 and 35 years old worry about having a healthy and balanced diet (69%), especially during the week, and they relax at the weekend, the point when more than half (54%) neglect their diet and allow themselves a treat (75%). It is also notable that while 72% usually cook healthy recipes, 38% of those surveyed regularly eat pre-prepared or frozen meals.

When they are not emotionally well this can affect what they eat. The proof of this is that 56% affirm that they indulge in binge eating. They also use new technologies to help them control the quality and variety of their diet (30% use apps for this) and when ordering out (44%). Social media is also a good source of information. 41% follow influencers on topics related to nutrition.


Two out of three young people between the ages of 20 and 35 years old do sports or physical activity around 2 to 3 times per week, broadly speaking. Men are more physically active than women and above all they go running, biking or play soccer, while women prefer to go to the gym or do mind-body activities like yoga or Pilates. 7 out of 10 (73%) would like to do more sports, 60% recognize that they have always given up when they have attempted it and almost half (44%) admit that they feel bad if they do not do any sports during the week. Although young people from 20 to 35 years old are physically active, mainly to improve their well-being, the report highlights that they are also motivated to do sports to enhance their appearance (60%) and to share their achievements on social media (30%).


Quality over quantity. Millennials are more concerned about the quality of their sleep than the number of hours or the regularity of their sleep pattern. They sleep an average of 7.2 hours during the working week and 8.1 hours on weekends. 6 in 10 millennials associate rest with moments to relax at home (66%) and 61% associate it with sleeping. Nevertheless, 40% admit finding it difficult to get to sleep. This is a disorder that affects women more than men and which, according to those surveyed, could be down to stress and overall worries. Furthermore, the report shows that half of young people wake up feeling tired in the mornings and without energy during the day, especially when they get to the weekend. 28% take a supplement to help them sleep.


Their emotional well-being is based on three main elements: happiness (53%), feeling physically and emotionally well (56%) and feeling comfortable with themselves and their environment (56%). Generally speaking, young people from this generation feel happy (62%), laid back (59%) and optimistic (57%). However, 85% of Millennials have suffered from mood disturbances at some point in their lives. They turn to those closest to them (their partner, family and close friends) when they are feeling down. Three in 10 do not ask for help and decide to deal with the situation by themselves. Among the most frequent disorders were stress (65%), despondency (44%), insecurity (36%) and depression (21%).


Relating to others is very important to Millennials. The report emphasizes that around half of Millennials like going out with friends after work or when they have finished studying (56%), that 47% like enjoying life, and 27% spend the whole weekend partying. It also reveals other significant data: one in three Millennials has taken drugs at one time and is a regular smoker; 60% are satisfied with their sex life (63% of women and 56% of men); around 70% take precautions to protect themselves from STDs; half of them know people who do not use protection and 23% use apps to hook up, in this case more men (30%) than women (17%) use these apps.


Madrid Millennials, for example, differ from young people from other regions of Spain because they place a greater emphasis on what they eat, they have better portion control (35% vs. 27%) and they use mobile apps to control their diet more often (35% vs. 30%). In Catalonia, Millennials differ above all in terms of the frequency with which they undertake sports activities (32% vs. 28%) and due to the fact that for them, sports has a more recreational and social component than a physical one. In the Valencian region, young people in this age range make more of an effort when it comes to cooking and preparing healthy dishes (79% vs. 72%) and they sleep more siestas than in other parts of Spain (43% vs. 34%). In Andalusia, concerns over health (86% vs. 80%), having a healthy lifestyle (87% vs. 82%) and resting at home (71% vs. 66%), are also more prevalent than the national average: in the Basque country Millennials consider that rest is a major factor in one’s health, both during the week (57% vs. 50%) and during the weekend (74% vs. 71%); and in Galicia, the main reason for changes in their emotional state is attributed above all to financial concerns (43% vs. 35%). In Castile and Leon, health is not a major concern (43% vs. 33%) and they eat what they like, without worrying if it is a healthy option or not (49% vs. 44%); in Castilla-La Mancha, they admit that they wake up very tired in the mornings (54% vs. 49%) and they see sports as an obligation (46% vs 41%); in the Canary Islands stress is the most common emotional problem (61% vs. 54%) for young people in this region.