Health Risks and Behaviors of Men and Women

Women may be more likely to be sedentary, but men reported being more likely to smoke, drink and be overweight, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report was based on data collected from a telephone survey from 1996 and 1997. The report showed that about 60 percent of men and 44 percent of women surveyed were overweight, and about 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men reported being sedentary. Men were seven times more likely to be chronic drinkers than women, three times more likely to binge drink, and three times more like to drink and drive. Men were also more likely to be smokers than women, about 25.3 percent of men smoke, compared to 21.1 percent of women.

Not all health risks and behaviors were negative. Seventy-five percent of women and 62 percent of men reported always wearing their seat belts, and more than 75 percent of women and almost 71 percent of men have had their cholesterol levels checked at least once in their lives. In addition, only about 15 percent of men and 13.5 percent of women reported having no health insurance, citing cost as the biggest factor.

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