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Stress study says Los Angeles levels are 'unhealthy'

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Doesn't this picture taken in Malibu look serene? Soak it up, Angelenos.

We can't stress this enough, Los Angeles. Chill. 

According to a new American Psychological Association study, "Stress in America," 43 percent of LA residents are living with an unhealthy level of stress. 

The report shows the top offending stressors for Angelenos are:   

  • 74% - Money
  • 73% - Work  
  • 64% - Economy

Local residents reported an average stress level of 5.3 on a 10-point scale. The APA puts a healthy stress level at 3.9.

Forty-eight percent of LA residents, however, feel they do an "excellent" or "very good" job of identifying when they're feeling stressed.

And, of those who attempted to make lifestyle changes, a greater number reported success in eating healthier, exercising more, and losing weight in Los Angeles, compared to the rest of the country.

Approximately four in 10 people (42 percent, compared to 37 percent nationally) said that stress has a "strong" or "very strong" impact on their bodies or physical health.

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