If You Think You’re Living A Healthy Lifestyle, These Statistics Will Prove You Wrong

If You Think You're Living A Healthy Lifestyle, These Statistics Will Prove You Wrong

Sure, you lie to your doctor about how many drinks you have on a weekly basis, but you’d still consider yourself to be a relatively healthy person. You don’t do drugs, you don’t have to shop in the plus-size sections of Nordstrom, and you only eat out three-or-so times a week. You’re not a #fitchick, but you’re not a drain on society when it comes to your general health and wellness, right? Yeah, well, you’re wrong because Oregon State just did a study that pretty much concluded that everyone in the United States is an unhealthy slob.

The study used four different focus areas to determine if the subjects were living a “healthy lifestyle” — they took into account moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage.

The study looked at 4,745 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers used an accelerometer device to gauge movement with a target of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week. Blood samples confirmed if a person was a non-smoker and body fat was measured using x-ray technology. Diet was defined as being within the top 40 percent of people who consumed foods suggested by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Out of the study group, 2.7 percent had all four characteristics, researchers found. About 16 percent had three, 37 percent had two, 34 percent had one and 11 percent had none.

I’ll just say it — this was a big kick in the dick. I’m not saying I’m the picture of health. Fit people don’t stop by food trucks before calling their 1 a.m. Uber home. Fit people don’t slather JIF peanut butter on bananas for breakfast. Fit people don’t wear workout clothes to brunch just to give off the appearance that they just used their ClassPass — they actually have a ClassPass.

All this time, I thought turning down cigarettes outside of the bar and hitting the salad bar at Whole Foods meant I was a healthy person. But nope. My lack of regular workouts, My probably-just-above-average skinny-fat body fat percentage, my affinity for beer over kombucha. All signs point to me being a complete monster. I mean, just look at this breakdown.

— 71 percent of adults didn’t smoke
— 38 percent of adults ate a healthy diet
— 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage
— 46 percent were sufficiently active

At this point, it’s pointless to even attempt to be their definition of “healthy” anyway. Being in the top 2.7 percent of anything is a feat in and of itself. That’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian territory. Those are “I got recruited for football in high school” numbers. 2.7 percent is normally the margin of error on studies, not the actual result of where you should strive to be.

So oh well, we’re all lost causes. If you’re not with us, you’re against us. Fine with that.

[via Oregon Live]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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