Blog | Friday, October 12, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Doctors self-report better health habits than nurses, general public

Physicians report being healthier and having better health habits than either nurses or all other types of workers, a Gallup poll found.

Physicians reported their health and health habits on two surveys, the Gallup-Healthways Physical Health Index and the Healthy Behaviors Index. The Physical Health Index includes 18 items that assess day-to-day health, while the Healthy Behavior Index includes smoking, eating healthy and exercise.

Among the results:
--Four percent of physicians smoke, compared with 15% of nurses and 20% of other workers.
--Fifty-eight percent of physicians exercise three or more days per week, compared to 555% of nurses and 54% among the rest of the population.
--Sixty-six percent reported they ate health all day yesterday, compared to 59% of nurses and 66% of the general population.
--Thirteen percent of doctors are obese, compared to 25% of nurses and 25% of the general population.

Gallup reported poll results on its website.

Results are based on telephone interviews from January 2011 through August 2012 among a random sample of more than 590,000 adults in all 50 states. Interviews included nearly 2,000 doctors and nearly 7,200 nurses.

Gallup reported on its website that, "As primary healthcare providers, physicians play an important role in helping others understand how to lead healthy lives. Thus, the fact they are in relatively good shape reveals that most of them are well-positioned to teach their patients how to maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk for chronic disease."