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Health behavior and chronic disease: a longitudinal analysis of a healthy population

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  • Health behavior and chronic disease: a longitudinal analysis of a healthy population
  • Woo, Hyeyoung
  • Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs


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Title Health behavior and chronic disease: a longitudinal analysis of a healthy population
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Woo, Hyeyoung

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Seoul:Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs

Date 2006
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Health and Social Welfare Review:26(2)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs

Abstract

This study explores to what extent health behaviors are linked the incidence of chronic diseases by following a cohort of respondents who initially report no chronic disease of any sort using the data from the American Changing Lives survey. Health behaviors are operationalized as four variables: physical activity, smoking, drinking, and body mass index. Initially, we investigated whether there are differences in health behaviors by gender, race, education level and marital status. Multinomial logistic regression models were estimated to explore the association between health behaviors and the emergence of chronic diseases. We found that women, African Americans, lower educated persons, and the unmarried are at higher risk of chronic diseases. Also, health behaviors are associated with chronic diseases. These associations appeared in different and interesting ways when we compared the seriousness (or lethality) of chronic diseases.