Authors of a new study say that public health efforts to reduce smoking, alcohol use, obesity, physical inactivity, and irregular sleep may also pay off in reducing the prevalence of low back pain (LBP).
In an article e-published ahead of print in Spine, researchers shared findings from what they believe is the first study to document the association between behavior-related factors and LBP in US adults. Authors gathered data from a series of cross-sectional surveys pulled from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a population that featured adults between the ages of 18 and 85, with a population size totaling 122,337.
When authors cross-referenced individuals with LBP with various behaviors, they found some telling connections. Among them:
The good news: obesity rates in the United States may have stabilized in 2014. The bad news: that’s not good news.
The most recent “State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” study, released in September, finds that 2014 adult obesity rates in the US were 20% or more in every state, with 22 states having rates above 30%. That rate does not represent a significant change from 2013. Averaged across the country, more than 30% of adults and 17% of children are considered obese.
The report tracks state-by-state levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and physical inactivity over time (ranges vary by topic), and provides state ratings in each category. In state-by-state analysis of adult obesity, Arkansas topped this year’s list with a 35.9% rate, followed by West Virginia (35.7%), and Mississippi (35.5%). The 3 states with the lowest adult obesity rates were Colorado at 21.3%, followed by the District of Columbia (21.7%), and Hawaii (22.1%).