Why Most Americans Are Unhealthy

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Most people living in the U.S. lead very unhealthy lifestyles, according to a new study. In fact, only 2.7 percent of U.S. citizens meet the basic healthful standards.

To meet these basic standards, a person needs to:

This data is drawn from a study carried out by researchers working at both the Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi. Here 4,700 people were surveyed, drawn from people in living in different U.S. states. The data formed part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey.

The biggest concern was body-fat percentage. Here, just 10 percent of those sampled had an acceptable percentage: five to 20 percent for men, and eight to 30 percent for the women.

The concerns with people not being considered ‘healthy’ is the association between being ‘unhealthy’ and cardiovascular health risks like high blood pressure,; and the presence of cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides in the blood.

Lead researcher, Dr. Ellen Smith (Oregon State University) told Bioscience Technology:

“The behavior standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable, not super high. This is sort of mind boggling. There’s clearly a lot of room for improvement.”

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.