Low knowledge of physical health behaviours is associated with poor diet and chronic illness in adults

Robert Stanton, David Scott, Brenda Happell

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Governments invest heavily in health promotion strategies to improve physical health behaviours. However, the dietary and physical activity practices of many Australians fail to meet minimum levels for health, leading to the unacceptably high prevalence of chronic and complex illness. Health literacy is known to impact on health behaviour, and to be related to health knowledge; however, no studies have specifically examined knowledge of physical health behaviours in an Australian context. We assessed knowledge of physical health behaviours in 1244 adults in Queensland, Australia. Almost two-thirds of respondents had a 'Good' knowledge of physical health behaviour. People with 'Good' knowledge of physical health behaviours were more likely to be female, educated beyond secondary school, be employed and have an annual household income of >$52000 (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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