Low knowledge of physical health behaviours is associated with poor diet and chronic illness in adults

Robert Stanton, David Scott, Brenda HAPPELL

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    Abstract

    Governments invest heavily in health promotion strategies to improve physical health behaviours. However, the dietary and physical activity practices of many Australians fail to meet minimum levels for health, leading to the unacceptably high prevalence of chronic and complex illness. Health literacy is known to impact on health behaviour, and to be related to health knowledge; however, no studies have specifically examined knowledge of physical health behaviours in an Australian context. We assessed knowledge of physical health behaviours in 1244 adults in Queensland, Australia. Almost two-thirds of respondents had a 'Good' knowledge of physical health behaviour. People with 'Good' knowledge of physical health behaviours were more likely to be female, educated beyond secondary school, be employed and have an annual household income of >$52000 (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)226-232
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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