Risky behaviors among Ohio Appalachian adults

Prev Chronic Dis. 2006 Oct;3(4):A127. Epub 2006 Sep 15.


This article describes the prevalence of risky behaviors known to be associated with increased cancer morbidity and mortality among Ohio Appalachian adults. These behaviors, or risk factors, include: 1) tobacco use; 2) energy imbalance (involving poor diet, obesity, and physical inactivity); and 3) sexual behaviors. We report current estimates of the prevalence of these behaviors among Ohio Appalachian adult residents and review social, psychological, and biological variables associated with these risky behaviors. We also present recent empirical studies that have been completed or are in progress in Ohio Appalachia. Finally, we discuss how these studies help bridge well-documented gaps in the literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Appalachian Region / epidemiology
  • Christianity
  • Energy Intake
  • Forecasting
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Ohio / epidemiology
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Smoking / adverse effects