- October 24th 2012
U.S. physicians are healthier and have better health habits than nurses and the general adult population, according to an Oct. 3 Gallup report.
An analysis of data from the Gallup Healthways Physical Health Index and Healthy Behaviors Index found that physicians are about half as likely as nurses and other workers to be obese. They are five times less likely than the general employed population to smoke, said Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup deputy managing editor.
“Both obesity and smoking pose significant health risks, so that physicians — who are on the front lines in helping address such issues — are setting a relatively good example is good news,” she said.
The report encompassed surveys conducted between Jan. 2, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, with 1,984 physicians and 7,166 nurses. To gauge physical health, respondents were measured on 18 factors, including the number of sick days they took in the past month, their energy levels, health issues and body mass index. To examine t [Read more]