Type

Journal Article

Authors

Emer Shelley
Karen Morgan
Eric van Lente
Margaret M. Barry
Hannah McGee
Frances Shiely
Anthony P Fitzgerald
Jennifer Lutomski
Ivan J Perry
Janas Harrington

Subjects

Psychology

Topics
self rated health lifestyle behaviours depression depression mental health ireland protective factors obesity health behavior

Living longer and feeling better: healthy lifestyle, self-rated health, obesity and depression in Ireland (2010)

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, Eric van Lente, Margaret M. Barry, Hannah McGee, Frances Shiely, Anthony P Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lutomski, Ivan J Perry, Janas Harrington

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Emer Shelley
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 51
 
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Karen Morgan
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 68
 
3
Margaret M. Barry
National University of Ireland Galway
Total Publications: 74
 
4
Hannah McGee
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 206
 
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Frances Shiely
University College Cork
Total Publications: 34
 
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Anthony P Fitzgerald
University College Cork
Total Publications: 73
 
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Jennifer Lutomski
University College Cork
Total Publications: 33
 
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Ivan J Perry
University College Cork
Total Publications: 188
 
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Janas Harrington
University College Cork
Total Publications: 59