Americans Like to Drink, and They're Lazy

40% do no exercise at all, says federal report

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 16, 2010 4:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Plenty of Americans still like to drink, smoke, and hang out on the couch. Over half of the population—61%—drinks alcohol, 20% smoke, and 40% do no leisure-time exercise at all, says a new government survey. Only about 31% exercise enough to reap benefits. The survey found little improvement in the last decade.

"There has been no progress at all in increasing physical activity since we started doing this report in 1997," a health statistician with the CDC tells USA Today. "We are a long way from where the health experts want us to be with smoking—1 in 5 is way above national health goals."

A jogger is silhouetted against Chicago's Navy Pier on the Lake Michigan shoreline Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Americans are fond of alcohol, a new government study says.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
About 20% of Americans smoke.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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