Objective. To estimate the prevalence and the associations between multiple behavioral risk factors (MBRFs) for chronic diseases in European adults.
Method. Data from 26,743 individuals, aged 50 + years, participating in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (2004/05) were used. MBRFs included physical inactivity, high body weight, smoking habits and risky alcohol consumption. Estimations were based on weights according to the complex sampling design.
Results. In total, 71.2% of individuals were physically inactive, while 59.8% had high body weight 53.4% had 2+ MBRFs, while males presented higher prevalence of MBRF clusters than females (P
Conclusion. The prevalence of MBRFs was considerably high in this sample of European adults, while not living alone and having higher education may prove protective. These findings could be used for the design of primary healthcare programs by health professionals. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- Chronic diseases
- Behavioral risk factors
- HEALTH BEHAVIORS