Only 3% of US citizens follow good health adviceBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1044-a (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Americans hear four good health rules: don't smoke, maintain a normal weight, eat fruit and vegetables, and get some exercise. But almost nobody follows them.
A study of national data has shown that only 3% of Americans followed all four of the recommended rules. Women, older people, white people, better educated people, people in good health, and wealthier people did a little bit better in following the rules. Younger people were slightly better at maintaining a body mass index of 25 or less (Archives …