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7 in 10 Americans Engage in Life-Shortening Bad Habits

7 in 10 Americans Engage in Life-Shortening Bad Habits
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 April 2016 03:46 PM

More than 70 percent of American adults have at least one unhealthy habit that could cut their lives short, according to a new report card on the nation’s health.

The United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors” examined the impact of five unhealthy behaviors and conditions on a person’s health status: smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, and obesity.

Among the key findings:
•    Seven in 10 of adults in the United States report engaging in such behaviors or are obese.
•    More than 25 million adults (12 percent) have three or more unhealthy habits or are obese — making them 6 times more likely to be in poor health.
•    The prevalence of multiple risky behaviors is higher for adults living in central and south central states such as Indiana, Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi than elsewhere.
•    Adults living in Minnesota, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado, and New England states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, have a lower prevalence of multiple unhealthy behaviors.
•    The prevalence of multiple unhealthy behaviors differs greatly by income level and education level among adults aged 25 and older.

“This report shows dramatically that even a single unhealthy behavior can lead to poor health and that the impact only multiplies with additional behaviors. We support the care community in seeking ways to help people better manage the issues that hurt their health,” said Dr. Ana Fuentevilla, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State.
 

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