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Aro, Arja R., Avendano, Mauricio and Mackenbach, Johan P. (2005) Health behaviour. In: Borsch-Supan, Axel, Brugiavini, Agar, Jürges, Hendrik, Mackenbach, Johan P., Siegrist, Johannes and Weber, Guglielmo, (eds.) Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe: First Results From the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Mannheim, Germany, pp. 102-107. ISBN 300015812X

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There is evidence on the importance of health behaviour such as non-smoking, moderate alcohol consumption and moderate physical activity, as well as weight control, to lower mortality and improve functional capacity, also among elderly (Adams et al. 1990; Davis et al. 1994). Further, we know that improving these factors brings health benefits (Johansson and Sundqvist 1999). The SHARE project provides an excellent opportunity to study the prevalence and associations of health behaviours among the ageing European population. This contribution describes the prevalence of health behaviour such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity, and also body-mass-index among men and women, different age groups and different socio-economic groups in 10 SHARE countries.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2005 Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2013 16:08
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2021 23:03
Funders: European Commission

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