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Table 3 Most frequently reported barriers reported on surveys [n(%)]

From: “Everything else comes first”: a mixed-methods analysis of barriers to health behaviors among military spouses

Rank Physical activity (n = 230) Diet (n = 223) Social connection (n = 212) Stress management (n = 206)
1 Lack of time/ Busy schedule
n = 142 (61.7%)
Financial concerns
n = 93 (41.7%)
Lack of time/ Busy schedule
n = 98 (46.2%)
Lack of time/Busy schedule
n = 108 (52.4%)
2 Parenting demands
n = 74 (32.2%)
Lack of time/Busy schedule
n = 65 (29.1%)
Geographic distance from family/friends
n = 37 (17.5%)
Parenting/family demands
n = 79 (38.3%)
3 Lack of motivation
n = 70 (30.4%)
Cravings for unhealthy foods/lack of self-control
n = 46 (20.6%)
Transient lifestyle (frequent moves)
n = 35 (16.5%)
Work
n = 33 (16.0%)
4 Tired/ lack of sleep
n = 64 (27.8%)
Time to cook/ prepare healthy food
n = 38 (17.0%)
Parenting demands
n = 29 (13.7%)
Feeling anxious/overwhelmed/worried
n = 25 (12.1%)
5 Other priorities
n = 37 (16.1%)
Kids/family prefer unhealthy foods
n = 34 (15.2%)
Dissimilar interests
n = 28 (13.2%)
Financial concerns
n = 20 (9.7%)