COLUMBIA — Three in 10 South Carolinians confess they perform no physical exercise, while only 56 percent said they had eaten “healthy all day yesterday.”
The findings were part of a Winthrop Poll that revealed that despite such tendencies, plenty of people think they’re in fine shape: Nearly 42 percent said they were close to their ideal weight. An ever greater percentage, nearly three-quarters of those polled, said they were satisfied with their health.
Six percent responded to say they were underweight. Still, the Trust for America’s Health’s annual “F as in Fat” isn’t quite as optimistic about South Carolina.
The report showed South Carolina tied with Indiana with the eighth highest obesity rate at 30.8 percent.
Meanwhile the governor’s office is scheduled to announce plans to team up with three other state agencies, medical and nutritional experts, farmers, grocers, private employers and participants of the food stamp program to improve health in South Carolina.
The Winthrop Poll involved 1,038 respondents in South Carolina and was conducted from Feb. 9-17. Other findings include:
• About 23 percent said they experienced significant physical pain recently.
•One in 10 reported depression, while more than a third “were stressed a lot.”
• More than 25 percent were worried.
• About 22 engaged in vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes daily or almost every day during the week.