Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Wilson JF. Patient Counseling and Education: Should Doctors Be Doing More?. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:621-624. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-8-200604180-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(8):621-624.
Only 3% of U.S. citizens adhere to the 4 key healthy lifestyle characteristics—not smoking, maintaining healthy weight, eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly—according to a recent telephone survey of 153 000 adults published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Almost 10% of the respondents adhered to none of the 4 characteristics. The ramifications of such poor health behaviors are much more important than most people realize. Smoking, poor eating habits, and inactivity contribute to more than one third of deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although smoking rates in the United States have declined from 42% in 1965 to about 20% in 2005, obesity rates have skyrocketed. Today, 65% of U.S. adults are overweight (body mass index ≥25 kg/m2) compared with 33% in 1950. The increase portends an epidemic in weight-related complications that U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, calls the greatest threat to public health today.
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Cardiology, Obesity, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Abuse, Coronary Risk Factors, Smoking.
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