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

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dc.contributor.author Harrington, Janas M.
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Lutomski, Jennifer E.
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Anthony P.
dc.contributor.author Shiely, Frances
dc.contributor.author McGee, Hannah
dc.contributor.author Barry, Margaret M.
dc.contributor.author Van Lente, Eric
dc.contributor.author Morgan, Karen
dc.contributor.author Shelley, Emer
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-21T14:32:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-21T14:32:13Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-01
dc.identifier.citation HARRINGTON, J., PERRY, I. J., LUTOMSKI, J., FITZGERALD, A. P., SHIELY, F., MCGEE, H., BARRY, M. M., VAN LENTE, E., MORGAN, K. & SHELLEY, E. 2010. Living longer and feeling better: healthy lifestyle, self-rated health, obesity and depression in Ireland. The European Journal of Public Health, 20, 91-95. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp102 en
dc.identifier.volume 20 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 91 en
dc.identifier.endpage 95 en
dc.identifier.issn 1464-360X
dc.identifier.issn 1101-1262
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/592
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/eurpub/ckp102
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.relation.uri http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/1/91.abstract
dc.rights © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The European Journal of Public Health following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Janas Harrington, Ivan J. Perry, Jennifer Lutomski, Anthony P. Fitzgerald, Frances Shiely, Hannah McGee, Margaret M. Barry, Eric Van Lente, Karen Morgan, and Emer Shelley (2010) Living longer and feeling better: healthy lifestyle, self-rated health, obesity and depression in Ireland. The European Journal of Public Health 20 (1) 91-95 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckp102 en
dc.subject Lifestyle behaviours en
dc.subject Self-rated health en
dc.subject Depression en
dc.subject Protective factors en
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity en
dc.subject.lcsh Depression, Mental en
dc.subject.lcsh Health behavior en
dc.title Living longer and feeling better: healthy lifestyle, self-rated health, obesity and depression in Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C010/jharrington en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Janas Harrington, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Room 2.62, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, Cork, Ireland, tel: +353-21-4901597, fax: +353-21-4901604, e-mail: j.harrington@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Department of Health and Children, Ireland en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal of Public Health en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.harrington@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress f.shiely@ucc.ie en


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