Korean J Prev Med.  1997 Mar;30(1):181-194.

Health Behavior Patterns of Korean

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Ajou University, Korea.
  • 2Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Korea.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify population subgroups with similar patterns of diet quality, physical activity, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking of Korean. The cluster analysis was conducted using the data from Korea National Health Survey(KNHS) in 1995, which consisted of 5,805 persons. We identified six health behavior typologies: 32.9% of the sample had a good diet but sedentary activity level(good diet lifestyle), 7.2% had high activity level but less diet quality(fitness lifestyle). Individuals in the passive lifestyle cluster(39.1%) had no active health promoting activities but tended to avoid risk taking health behavior such as cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking. 1.1% of the sample were in a drinking cluster, 17.2% in a smoking cluster and 2.5% had a hedonic lifestyle characterized by heavy drinking and smoking. The other characteristics of these lifestyle clusters could be presented by demographic and socioeconomic factors.

Keyword

Health practice; Health lifestyle pattern; Cluster analysis; Health promotion

MeSH Terms

Alcohol Drinking
Cluster Analysis
Diet
Drinking
Health Behavior*
Health Promotion
Humans
Korea
Life Style
Motor Activity
Risk-Taking
Smoke
Smoking
Socioeconomic Factors
Smoke
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