Few US adults have all four basic characteristics of a healthy lifestyle, researchers say

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (3/22, Cha) reports, “A study conducted by Oregon State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has awarded nearly every adult in the country a failing grade” when it comes to healthy lifestyles.

The Oregonian (3/22, Frazier) reports that just “2.7 percent of adults nationwide have all four basic healthy characteristics” necessary for a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study “examined if adults were successful in four areas that fit typical advice for a ‘healthy lifestyle’ – moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage.” Included in the study were “4,745 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports, “Overall, 71 percent of the adults surveyed did not smoke, 38 percent ate a healthy diet, 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage and 46 percent got sufficient amounts of physical activity,” the study found. But, “11 percent” of those surveyed “had none” of the healthy lifestyle factors, the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found.