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QuickStats: Prevalence of Selected Unhealthy Behavior Characteristics Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Race* --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005--2007

The figure shows the prevalence of selected unhealthy behavior characteristics from 2005-2007, among adults aged ≥18 years, by race. The percentage of adults with selected unhealthy behavior characteristics varied by race during 2005-2007. Asian adults had the lowest prevalence rate of consuming five or more drinks in a single day, currently smoking cigarettes, and obesity. Black adults had the highest prevalence rate of physical inactivity and one of the lowest prevalence rates of consuming five or more drinks in a single day. American Indian/Alaska Native adults were most likely to be current cigarette smokers compared with other racial groups. Overall, physical inactivity was the most prevalent unhealthy behavior.

* Racial categories include persons who indicated a single race only.

Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using three age groups: 18--44 years, 45--64 years, and ≥65 years. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population. Denominators for each percentage exclude persons with unknown health behavior characteristics.

§ 95% confidence interval.

The question regarding consumption of five or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year was asked of only current drinkers; however, estimates reflect percentage of all adults who engaged in this behavior.

** Smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime and currently smoked.

†† Never engage in any light, moderate, or vigorous leisure-time physical activity.

§§ Defined as a body mass index (weight [kg] / height [m2]) ≥30.

¶¶ Usual number of hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.

The percentage of adults with selected unhealthy behavior characteristics varied by race during 2005--2007. Asian adults had the lowest prevalence rate of consuming five or more drinks in a single day, currently smoking cigarettes, and obesity. Black adults had the highest prevalence rate of physical inactivity and one of the lowest prevalence rates of consuming five or more drinks in a single day. American Indian/Alaska Native adults were most likely to be current cigarette smokers compared with other racial groups. Overall, physical inactivity was the most prevalent unhealthy behavior.

SOURCE: Schoenborn CA, Adams PF. Health behaviors of adults---United States, 2005--2007. Vital Hlth Stat 2010;10(245). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_245.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of selected unhealthy behavior characteristics from 2005-2007, among adults aged ≥18 years, by race. The percentage of adults with selected unhealthy behavior characteristics varied by race during 2005-2007. Asian adults had the lowest prevalence rate of consuming five or more drinks in a single day, currently smoking cigarettes, and obesity. Black adults had the highest prevalence rate of physical inactivity and one of the lowest prevalence rates of consuming five or more drinks in a single day. American Indian/Alaska Native adults were most likely to be current cigarette smokers compared with other racial groups. Overall, physical inactivity was the most prevalent unhealthy behavior.



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