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Vast majority of Scottish people leading unhealthy lifestyles, says study

Published on 11/06/2010
Nearly all Scottish adults are putting themselves at risk of illness through unhealthy lifestyles, it has been claimed.

A study by a team at Glasgow University identified five risk factors likely to lead to disease in economically developed countries - smoking, drinking, poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity.

After analysing data from 6,574 people who took part in the 2003 Scottish Health Survey, they found that 97.5 per cent of Scots had at least one of the risk factors.

Furthermore, 86 per cent of the population had at least two risk factors, 55 per cent had three or more and nearly 20 per cent had either four or all five.

Writing in the online journal BMC Public Health, Dr David Conway, who led the study, said: "Our analysis shows that around two-thirds of the Scottish population is overweight or obese, a similar proportion are not sufficiently physically active, and most people have a poor diet. It is just that it is not the same majority for each factor."

He added that low educational attainment and residence in deprived areas were the biggest determinants for multiple risk factors.

The study follows a report earlier this week which showed that, despite spending 16 per cent more than England, Scotland has failed to narrow the long-standing gap in public health care standards between the two countries.
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