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  • on 01.09.2010
  • at 12:16 PM
  • by Jessy Troy

How Healthy Are You Really?

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how-healthyWhere do you rate on the scale?  Take the quiz and find out!

Cigarettes cause lung cancer.  Too much sun causes skin cancer.  Obesity can cause a whole slew of problems, including heart disease and diabetes, two of the biggest killers.

The more modern medicine learns about our bodies, the more advice we get about how to be as healthy as possible.  It can be difficult to keep all these guidelines straight, though, and some of us are more successful than others!  How do you rate on the scale?

1) How often do you drink coffee?

  1. Never
  2. Occasionally
  3. My blood is half coffee

2) How much attention do you pay to the nutrition panel when you shop for groceries?

  1. I only buy whole fruits and veggies, and items with fewer than 5 ingredients.
  2. I try to avoid artificial ingredients, but don’t stress about it too much.
  3. Nutrition panel?  What’s that?

3) Which option best describes your attitude toward eating meat?

  1. Animals are friends, not food.
  2. Everything in moderation.
  3. Veggies are for sissies.

4) How much water do you drink every day?

  1. So much my friends think I’m part fish
  2. A couple of glasses, more on hot days or when I’m more active
  3. Does diet soda count?

5) How many times a week do you go for a run?

  1. Every day, rain or shine
  2. A few times a week, or when the mood hits me
  3. Only when I’m being chased

6) How often do you wear sun block?

  1. I wear UVA sun block every time I go outside.
  2. Only if I know I’m going to be in the sun for a while.
  3. Tanning is the skin’s natural sun block!

7) How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?

  1. I would rather die first!
  2. I’m more of a social smoker.
  3. I can’t count that high!

8) When was the last time you saw your doctor?

  1. Last week
  2. Within the last year
  3. You’ll have to ask my mom.

Tallying your points: Give yourself 3 points for every A, 2 points for every B, and 1 for every C.

21-24 points: Health Nut

You are healthy to the point of paranoia.  You religiously avoid processed foods, especially those with trans fats and artificial ingredients, and you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water — at least! — every day.  You are quick to lecture people on the merits of UVA sunblock versus UVB (only UVA protects against the radiation that causes skin cancer), and heaven forbid you are ever caught enjoying life’s risky pleasures, such as coffee or (gasp) meat!  Your other home is the gym, followed closely by the doctor’s office.  You may be the healthiest person around, but you are going to give those closest to you a stroke from the stress!

17-20 points: Reasonably Healthy

You have figured out the perfect balance: You take all the right precautions with your health, but you don’t fixate on it so much that you can’t still have fun.  You know that coffee, cigarettes, processed foods, and too much meat aren’t good for you, but you don’t let that stop you from enjoying them on special occasions or when you get a craving.  You try your best to drink enough water, exercise regularly, and see the doctor for routine visits, but you don’t stress about it too much if you don’t always succeed.  Your goal may be to live a healthy lifestyle, but not at the expense of your mental health!

13-16 points: Room for Improvement

You have some idea of what is good for you and what is not, but you could stand to put your health first a little more often.  Drink more water and eat fresh produce whenever possible.  When eating processed foods, look for alternatives that contain no trans fats or artificial ingredients; products with fewer than five ingredients are best.  Try to increase your activity levels as much as possible (you can never be too active), and be sure to see your doctor for a yearly physical, so that you can catch any problems before they get too serious.  Regarding sun exposure, only UVA sun block actually blocks the radiation that causes skin cancer, but don’t forget that you still need about 10 to 15 minutes a day of sun exposure (sans sun block) for proper vitamin D production.

8-12 points:

You break every health rule known to man, and don’t give a hoot, either.  You may be happier not having to worry about how healthy you are, but your body will pay the price!  You could benefit from some small changes to your lifestyle: Cut back on coffee and/or cigarettes, find healthier substitutes for your favorite foods (such as alternate brands that use fewer artificial ingredients), and find ways to sneak fresh produce into your diet.  Even if you aren’t the exercising type, find little ways to increase your activity level, such as going for a short walk once or twice a day and taking the stairs whenever possible.  And for heaven’s sake, see your doctor once in a while!

Shelly Towns manages online marketing strategy for Angie’s List, which collects ratings and reviews on local contractors and doctors. Whether you’re looking to find a local doctor or vendors that provide house cleaning Dallas services, Angie’s List provides you with the resources to find the best. Shelly is a published author and spends most of her time thinking about SEO and viral content.

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