Type

Journal Article

Authors

Emer Shelley
Karen Morgan
Hannah McGee
Frances Sheily
Anthony P Fitzgerald
Jennifer Lutomski
Eric Van Lente
Ivan J Perry
Margaret M. Barry
Janas Harrington
and 1 others

Subjects

Physiotherapy & Sport

Topics
health behavior life style humans adult adolescent female psychology obesity health ireland health surveys cross sectional studies lifestyle behaviours health status depression epidemiology male protective factors ireland middle aged aged health promotion school of health sciences surveys and questionnaires socioeconomic factors diagnostic self evaluation questionnaires self rated health depressive disorder living ireland

Living longer and feeling better: Healthy lifestyle, self-rated health, obesity and depression in Ireland (2009)

Abstract Background: The combination of four protective lifestyle behaviours (being physically active, a non-smoker, a moderate alcohol consumer and having adequate fruit and vegetable intake) has been estimated to increase life expectancy by 14 years. However, the effect of adopting these lifestyle behaviours on general health, obesity and mental health is less defined. We examined the combined effect of these behaviours on self-rated health, overweight/obesity and depression. Methods: Using data from the Survey of Lifestyle Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) 2007 (), a protective lifestyle behaviour (PLB) score was constructed for 10 364 men and women (>18 years), and representative of the Republic of Ireland adult population (response rate 62%). Respondents scored a maximum of four points, one point each for being physically active, consuming five or more fruit and vegetable servings daily, a non-smoker and a moderate drinker. Results: One-fifth of respondents (20%) adopted four PLBs, 35% adopted three, 29% two, 13% one and 2% adopted none. Compared to those with zero PLBs, those with four were seven times more likely to rate their general health as excellent/very good [OR 6.8 95% CI (3.64-12.82)] and four times more likely to have better mental health [OR 4.4 95% CI (2.34-8.22)]. Conclusions: Adoption of core protective lifestyle factors known to increase life expectancy is associated with positive self-rated health, healthier weight and better mental health. These lifestyles have the potential to add quality and quantity to life.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Emer Shelley, Karen Morgan, Hannah McGee, Frances Sheily, Anthony P Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lutomski, Eric Van Lente, Ivan J Perry, Margaret M. Barry, Janas Harrington and 1 others

Experts in our system

1
Emer Shelley
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 51
 
2
Karen Morgan
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 68
 
3
Hannah McGee
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 206
 
4
Anthony P Fitzgerald
University College Cork
Total Publications: 73
 
5
Jennifer Lutomski
University College Cork
Total Publications: 33
 
6
Ivan J Perry
University College Cork
Total Publications: 188
 
7
Margaret M. Barry
National University of Ireland Galway
Total Publications: 74
 
8
Janas Harrington
University College Cork
Total Publications: 59