For consumers, "wellness" is only increasing as an area of importance, according to a new report from McCann Truth Central.
The report, which included responses from 7,000 people living in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, China, South Africa, Turkey and Japan, showed that 74 percent of consumers believe that the importance of wellness is only going to increase as time goes on.
The data also show that "Consumers genuinely have an understanding of wellness as something that is being more holistic," study researcher Laura Simpson, the global director of McCann Truth Central, told HuffPost. While before, people may have thought of "wellness" as being purely about physical health, the results of this new report show they now understand that it also includes mental and emotional health.
"Before, wellness used to be about the star organs -- the heart, for example -- but now the brain is on the 'A List' as well," Simpson said.
The report also showed that the majority of people want support in their healthy living goals -- 57 percent on average, with higher percentages among younger people and people in China and Brazil.
Researchers also found that people were generally split on the role of technology in health. Fifty-four percent of people believe that technology can aid in health, while 46 percent think it only hurts. And by country, researchers found that some countries viewed technology more favorably in terms of health -- China and Brazil, for instance, and to a lesser extent, the U.S.
"There's so many amazing health innovations in the technology space, we're in this completely transformative period where it comes to all the benefits that we're gonna get from technology," Simpson said. "On the other hand, there's a dark side to technology. It's one of the first things that comes to mind that are working against overall sense of wellness."
Among the other findings of the report:
- One quarter of young men and 17 percent of young women think that Facebook contributes to a sedentary lifestyle.
- Globally, cancer is thought to be the top disease people think will kill them, though heart attacks are also of utmost concern to people in the U.K. and Alzheimer's disease is of utmost concern to people in Japan.
- Americans want to live the longest, saying in the survey that they hope to live to 92. Meanwhile, people in Turkey hope to live to 59, and people in China hope to live to 84.
- Mental health would be chosen over physical health if it came down to it for people in the U.K., U.S., Brazil and Turkey.