Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: Implications for policy and practice – King’s Fund – 23 August 2012

Posted on August 24, 2012. Filed under: Health Status, Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: Implications for policy and practice – King’s Fund – 23 August 2012

David Buck, Francesca Frosini

“Summary

People’s lifestyles – whether they smoke, how much they drink, what they eat, whether they take regular exercise – affect their health and mortality. It is well known that each of these lifestyle risk factors is unequally distributed in the population.

Less is known about how these behaviours co-occur or cluster in the population and about how these patterns of multiple lifestyle risk have been evolving over time. This paper considers this in the context of the English population and sets out the implications for public health policy and practice that flow from the findings.

It reviews the current evidence on multiple lifestyle risks and analyses data from the Health Survey for England on the distribution of these risks in the adult population and how this is changing over time.”

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