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Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior-Related Characteristics Among Adults by Poverty Status

Wednesday, June 23, 2010  
QuickStats: Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior-Related Characteristics Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Poverty Status* --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005--2007†
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. June 11, 2010;59(22):689. Available online at

This article describes National Health Interview Survey results from 2005-2007, specifically highlighting prevalence of selected unhealthy behavior-related characteristics among adults, by poverty status, in the United States. Findings showed that U.S. adults with the lowest family incomes were more likely than adults with the highest family incomes to be current cigarette smokers (28.3% versus 15.1%), to be physically inactive (57.5% versus 27.8%), to be obese (28.8% versus 22.1%), and to sleep 6 hours or less in a 24-hour period (31.7% versus 25.9%). Smoking and physical inactivity showed the steepest declines with increasing family income. In contrast, the percentage of adults who had five or more alcoholic drinks in 1 day in the past year was lowest among adults with family incomes below (17.2%) or near the poverty level (17.3%) and highest among adults in the highest family income group (23.6%).

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