A new report shows nearly three-quarters of American adults report having at least one unhealthy behavior, such as smoking. But when it comes to multiple unhealthy behaviors associated with chronic disease, nearly 17 percent of Kentucky adults have three or more risk factors.
The report, America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors, examines the prevalence of multiple unhealthy behaviors and inequities within groups. It was compiled by United Health Foundation.
The behaviors included smoking, physical inactivity, excessive drinking, obesity and insufficient sleep.
Ana Fuentevilla, chief medical officer for United Health Care Community and State Program, said those five unhealthy behaviors, especially together, worsen the general population’s health.
“Just by working on one and eliminating that unhealthy behavior, you can really improve the health of that individual,” she said.