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Think You Have a Healthy Lifestyle? (Most Young Adults Don't)

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You're probably already getting defensive, thinking to yourself, " My lifestyle is healthy enough, thank you very much ."

But according to a new survey, nine out of 10 American young adults believe they follow a healthy lifestyle, but most eat too much fast food, drink too much alcohol and too many sugary beverages and have lifestyles that put them at higher risk of stroke, Medical News Today reports.

A true healthy lifestyle means eating a low-fat diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, keeping alcohol and sugar intake within moderate limits, getting regular exercise, not becoming overweight and not smoking.

"If we are not able to help young adults understand the relevance of their actions now and their risk of stroke tomorrow, then we could be looking at an increase in stroke diagnoses and deaths within the next 10 to 20 years," Dr. Ralph Sacco, neurologist and president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, said in a statement.

Good news if you're 25-44: Eight out of 10 Americans in this group believe they have healthy lifestyles and are more likely to have healthy habits than those in the 18-24 age group.

But while most 18-24 year-olds said they wanted live to be about 98 (!) years old, one-third didn't believe that following an unhealthy lifestyle at their age would affect their risk of stroke later.

Do you think you're lifestyle is healthy?
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  • ASPEN 2011/05/04 22:04:23
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    ASPEN
    +3
    I am healthy now after beating cancer. I don't take my new lease on life for granted.

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  • msmsjazz 2012/01/07 15:09:30
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    msmsjazz
    I considr myself living a pretty healthy life style, athough I tend to drink to much on the weekends (something I need to work on) I eat pretty healthy and excersize alot healthy eating
  • Luxxie 2011/05/05 12:28:06
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    Luxxie
    I do, I'm a good athlete, I practice sports everyday, I don't eat food rich in fats or carbohydrates and I sleep enough.
  • lady blue 2011/05/05 12:24:07
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    lady blue
    I think I have a pretty healthy lifestyle. I eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water and juices and
    I walk a lot and keep active. I fail to get enough sleep nowadays because I'm on SH way too many hours into the night and morning. That is my real downfall and I need to adjust the time I spend on my computer so I can get more rest.

    active fail sleep sh real downfall adjust spend rest on computer too much
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/05/05 11:09:10
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Myrle Hulme
    Although I walk every day I think I could eat better
  • Grayfox1940 2011/05/05 10:59:31
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Grayfox1940
    I was an army LRRP at 19 and I am ashamed the way I have mistreated my once perfect body
  • Roxxi 2011/05/05 10:22:15
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Roxxi
    Could work out more, but it's too cold for swimming.
  • Fabulous Killjoys<3 2011/05/05 10:20:54
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    Fabulous Killjoys<3
    yeah i think i am (Y)
  • MW121 2011/05/05 09:50:01
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    MW121
    I try to eat healthy and I exercise every day..
  • Sarah BN-0 2011/05/05 06:53:03
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    Sarah BN-0
    I could exercise a few more minutes a day or toughen my workout. I have a pringles problem too. Otherwise I'm healthy.
  • KyoriYuki 2011/05/05 06:47:58
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    KyoriYuki
    but I'm at a healthy weight, I do have fun doing track though :D
  • retrograve 2011/05/05 06:23:46
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    retrograve
    But I'm happy with what I got so I'm fine.
  • Ifemi 2011/05/05 05:53:48
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Ifemi
    but i am happy with my life and when or if that changes then i would do something about it then
  • Gregaj7 2011/05/05 05:50:34
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Gregaj7
    I've never had the internal drive to be "healthier".
  • lbsalvin 2011/05/05 05:22:46
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    lbsalvin
    Where's the time?
  • Cristelah 2011/05/05 04:38:04
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Cristelah
    i eat junk foods and still drink soda much than water!
  • holdenferall 2011/05/05 04:37:14
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    holdenferall
    Beer has plenty of good stuff in it.
  • King of the woodland realm 2011/05/05 04:25:23
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    King of the woodland realm
    i look healthy... but im not....
  • Huff 2011/05/05 04:09:46
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Huff
    +1
    I feel that back in High school i was more healthier. Now that I went to college I am eating more, and also more unhealthy things. I use to eat breakfast and now I can barely get up to eat lunch. Some docotor's say the worse time to eat is after nine and I find myself eating around 10 and 11 all the time. I try to eat less and I plan on trying to exercise more this summer and trying to loose some of the weight I put on this school year.
  • carriefan13 2011/05/05 03:41:15
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    carriefan13
    +1
    this summer I have plans to start running, lifting weights, and eating healthier (?)
  • Huff carrief... 2011/05/05 04:06:00
    Huff
    +2
    This is exactly what I am trying to tell myself. I normally can keep a exercise routine for a couple of weeks and the first time I skip i normally don't go back to doing it.
  • carrief... Huff 2011/05/05 04:47:59
    carriefan13
    I used to work out regularly when I played HS volleyball, but now its really difficult :(
    I had so much more energy and stamina then...
  • Cloaked_In_Darkness 2011/05/05 03:19:45
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Cloaked_In_Darkness
    +1
    Considering I'm anorexic I think not
  • anke 2011/05/05 03:03:59
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    anke
    I've never really been into sugar, soda, junk food, ect. after a single incident: I was at a party, having fun and all, but then I ate too much and somehow managed to get food poisoning . . . barfing and being sick for so long was good enough to get me to stop eating so much junk food and sugar in general.
    I weight lift 2-3 times a week, for 2 hours at a time, and run 3 times a week (2-3 miles), and make sure to spend lots of time off the computer. All this exercise was because I was overweight/obese for about 10 years of my life or so, and after getting into shape because of powerlifting, I'm really not willing to get out of shape again. As for alcohol, I'm not even old enough to drink it, nor would I want to. IT SMELLS SOOOOOOO NASTY! Smoking is pretty nasty IMO too, since I have a lot of relatives who smoke and the stuff makes me cough and gives me really bad headaches too.
  • Maggie 2011/05/05 02:24:09
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    Maggie
    by: sleep more, eat better, go outside more... get off sodahead/computer in general.
  • middlesex1957 2011/05/05 02:10:02
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    middlesex1957
    If I use the definition of a healthy lifestyle found here then my lifestyle is very healthy. But, I'm not healthy. I'm disabled (arms, hands, neck) and have diabetes. Then again if it weren't for my healthy life style I might be a whole lot worse. As it is my heart's good, my cholesterol is perfect, my lungs are good and I can still dance from 10pm to 1pm. Not too bad for 53.
  • Tokyo_The_Cat 2011/05/05 01:05:51
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    Tokyo_The_Cat
    I'm thin, and I have a well diet
  • OhWowLovelyXx0 2011/05/05 00:33:11
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    OhWowLovelyXx0
    +1
    I have to be!! or else i would be FAT! and LAzY!

    and thats not cute..
  • citizen-cain 2011/05/05 00:26:06
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    citizen-cain
    +1
    It could be better, but it's certainly healthier than what many have.
  • Louis 2011/05/04 23:57:18
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    Louis
    +1
    I'm a veggie-a-tarian, I play tennis, run, and do ballet. I am pretty damn healthy.
  • vitaminanime 2011/05/04 23:53:03
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    vitaminanime
    +1
    despite that i eat right and exercise
  • John 2011/05/04 23:50:37
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    John
    +2
    I have an efficient metabolism so I've never been to interested in exercise to keep a healthy weight, but I am starting to see more of the downsides of being lazy the more I get older.
  • TheMadChameleon 2011/05/04 23:47:34
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    TheMadChameleon
    +2
    It's not unhealthy, but it's not the healthiest. I do Tae Kwon Do five days a week and most all of what I eat is healthy, but I do drink soda whenever I can and I probably eat too MUCH, even though it generally is healthy.
  • ♥ Emily the "Cutie Banana P... 2011/05/04 23:24:11
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    ♥ Emily the "Cutie Banana Pie" ♥
    +1
    I'm a teenager, and I refuse to be a statistic of obesity. I run for about 4 miles a day, and I eat healthy. I also drink around 3 bottles of water daily.
  • middles... ♥ Emily... 2011/05/05 02:13:43
    middlesex1957
    +1
    Go for it! Just don't' eat pizza more than once a week and never more than 2 pieces and you'll be fine. That was the down fall of my generation. Beer and pizza, 3 times a week before we were even 16. That made a lot of us very fat and gave us gallbladder stones. I escaped by limiting myself.
  • ♥ Emily... middles... 2011/05/06 01:26:34
    ♥ Emily the "Cutie Banana Pie" ♥
    My father is notorious for feeding us pizza. D:
  • JaeyoungLee 2011/05/04 22:56:39
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    JaeyoungLee
    +1
    as a kid, i just run when i have free time. I do taekwondo and i gave up candy and soda. I'm pretty good.
  • ASPEN 2011/05/04 22:04:23
    Yes, I'm pretty healthy
    ASPEN
    +3
    I am healthy now after beating cancer. I don't take my new lease on life for granted.
  • middles... ASPEN 2011/05/05 02:16:05
    middlesex1957
    +1
    Good for you! Keep the stress at a minimum and get enough sleep too. My health really did improve a ton when I started doing that as part of what they taught my in chronic pain clinic.
  • ASPEN middles... 2011/05/05 02:21:06
    ASPEN
    I am happy for you. The only trouble I have is my inability to sleep. I have never been a good sleeper.
  • TKramar 2011/05/04 21:59:21
    No, my lifestyle could be healthier
    TKramar
    +1
    I don't drink or smoke, but I'm physically active at my job, and walk back and forth from work (around 1.5 miles each way) instead of driving.

    I eat fast food, and drink 2 cans of soda a day, but I don't see that as negative. If anything, I'm UNDERweight.

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