Many Americans not living a healthy lifestyle

Americans not living a healthy lifestyleA new study has found that less than three percent of Americans are adhering to a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle consists of regular physical activity, eating well, and not smoking.

The study looked at over 4,700 individuals participating in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Survey. The researchers evaluated how closely the participants adhered to four general principals of healthy living: healthy eating, moderate exercise, not smoking, and managing body fat. Senior author Ellen Smit explained, “The behavior standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable, not super high. We weren’t looking for marathon runners.”
The researchers found only less than three percent – 2.7 percent to be exact – of participants met the guidelines the researchers set out. Specifically, the researchers found that women were more likely to not smoke and to eat a healthier diet, compared to men, yet they were less likely to take part in moderate physical activity. Additionally, Mexican Americans were more likely to eat a healthy diet, compared to African Americans and whites.


Smit added, “This is pretty low, to have so few people maintaining what we would consider a healthy lifestyle. This is sort of mind boggling. There’s clearly a lot of room for improvement.”

Initiatives and further research must be conducted in order to come up with effective methods to get more Americans on a healthy lifestyle.

The findings were published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.