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Health status and health behaviour in men and women at the age of 34 years

MARGARETA BARNEKOW-BERGKVIST , GUDRUN E. HEDBERG, URBAN JANLERT, EVA JANSSON
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/8.2.179 179-182 First published online: 1 June 1998

Abstract

The aim of this investigation was to study relationships between health status and health behaviour in men and women. A group of 425 Swedish students were randomly selected in 1974 at the age of 16 years. In 1992, at the age of 34 years, those who were investigated comprised 88% of the original sample. Cross-sectional data on health status and health behaviour were obtained through a self-administered questionnaire. Among the men, leisure-time physical activity, smoking cigarettes and use of smokeless tobacco were significantly associated with perceived health, disease and perceived health, and impaired musculoskeletal function respectively. Among the women walking/cycling to work and choosing healthy foods significantly decreased the likelihood of impaired musculoskeletal function and being overweight respectively.

  • health behaviour
  • health status
  • lifestyle