When it comes to improving their health Americans are moving in the wrong direction. Far fewer Americans are engaging in healthy life style behaviors than two decades ago. A recent online report in the American Journal of Medicine stated only 8% of today’s Americans engage in all five healthy lifestyle behaviors- maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits and vegetables, moderating alcohol consumption, exercising and not smoking. These finding should provide motivation and increase commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles for the public good stated researchers at the MedicalUniversity of South Carolina.
The results of the study stated-
Adults aged 40 -70 with BMI grater than 30 increased from 28% to 36%.
People who participate in a fitness program decreased from 53% to 43%
Consumption of five fruits and vegetables decreased from 42% to 26%
Alcohol consumption increased from 40%- 51%
Overall adherence to all five healthy behaviors fell from 15% to 8%
Race and ethnicity were analyzed, non- Hispanic whites showed the greatest decline in overall healthy lifestyle behaviors. Those with hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease were no more motivated to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Why, poor attitudes toward health maintenance, lack of willingness to change, a large reliance on cars instead of walking or biking.
What does it take for the public to place a value on health in order to live a full life?