The prevalence and perceived health factors of healthy eating and active living: An international older population-based study

Hsin Yen Yen, Hsuan Hsu

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Abstract

Engaging in healthy eating and active living is an effective strategy for preventing noncommunicable diseases in older populations. The purposes were to compare the prevalence rates across countries and explore health factors associated with healthy eating and active living. The data were retrieved from a cross-sectional study conducted by the International Social Survey Program (2011 Health and Healthcare), with structured questionnaire surveys in 32 countries. The results showed that 38.42% reported active living and 39.11% reported healthy eating among 11,250 total respondents. Older adults with a longstanding illness or obesity who felt that they were not overcoming problems and had lost confidence were less likely to engage in healthy behavior. Perceived general health had a positive association with the odds of engaging in healthy eating and active living. The international comparisons provide a reference for local governments to decrease health disparities. Inspiring self-awareness about health might encourage older adults to pursue healthy lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-882
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cultural differences
  • Fruits
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Vegetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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