For farmers, stress is nothing new. According to researchers with the University of Guelph, farmers not only face more stress than the average consumer but the majority of these daily stresses are largely out of their control.
Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton with the University of Guelph spoke with Farmscape’s Bruce Cochrane to explain the study’s findings.
Jones-Bitton said, “Farmers are dealing with animal disease and outbreaks of disease, poor weather, extreme weather, changing weather, they're dealing with government regulations and changing government regulations and that's just to name a couple.”
“Many of the farmers that I've had the pleasure of getting to know have also shared with me that they're feeling like what they do and how they do it is constantly under attack by the public,” Jones-Bitton added. “All of that combined [is] a lot for anyone to deal with.”
Stress in any profession can lead to numerous health issues. The American Psychological Association says that stress can making existing health issues worse, contribute to bad habits such as overeating and smoking, lead to depression and is associated with increased risks of coronary disease.
A recent study also found that chronic severe stress may also be a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.