Well­ness Arti­cles

Amer­i­cans Aren’t Mak­ing the Health Grade

The above head­line comes from the June 30, 2003 ABC News online. The story is in reac­tion to a report com­mis­sioned by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Fam­ily Physi­cians which finds that a full 98 per­cent of the 1,000 adults polled admit they have at least one of the unhealthy habits they were asked about, such as smok­ing, not exer­cis­ing enough, han­dling stress poorly or eat­ing a less-​than-​healthful diet.

Among the find­ings from the study that were listed in the arti­cle are:

  • Twenty-​six per­cent said they smoke at least some­times, and half of these peo­ple acknowl­edged it’s a harm­ful habit.
  • Only 48 per­cent said they main­tain a healthy weight.
  • About 42 per­cent of women and 31 per­cent of men said they aren’t doing well at stress management.
  • Thirty-​two per­cent said they don’t limit dietary fat.
  • Only 25 per­cent said they work out vig­or­ously five or more hours a week.
  • Thir­teen per­cent said they don’t have time to watch their fat intake, and 47 per­cent gave no rea­son for not watch­ing it.

When asked why they con­tinue a habit that’s unhealthy, 24 per­cent said they lack willpower or self-​control, and another 14 per­cent said stress was to blame. Dr. Michael O. Flem­ing, a fam­ily physi­cian in Shreve­port, La., and president-​elect of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Fam­ily Physi­cians, which com­mis­sioned the health behav­ior poll made this sug­ges­tion, “The main thing is to begin to take things seri­ously,” Flem­ing says. Peo­ple must real­ize the impor­tance of man­ag­ing risk fac­tors for dis­ease, he says, or they’ll pay the price, prob­a­bly sooner than they think.

Ran­dom Article

The above is a head­line from a May 8, 2007, Reuters UK news story. The same story also appeared in arti­cles in USA

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