Big, unhealthy apple
New Yorkers are creatures of habits - bad ones.
A poll residents released yesterday found that nearly half claimed being overweight, while six out of 10 reported drinking in the last year.
About 20 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed by the Siena College Research Institute, a private university near Albany, described their health as fair or poor.
New Yorkers are highly achieving and motivated people, said Dr. Pete Kanaris, a program director for the New York State Psychological Association. Sometimes, that shows up in drinking too much or eating too much.
About a fifth of reported drinking daily, and more than half didn't see any problem in imbibing once a day.About one out of five New Yorkers said they smoke, with 22 percent of men smoking compared to 15 percent of women. Of those who said they were in just fair or poor health, nearly half said they smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day.
Kanaris expected people's unhealthy behaviors to compound with the tanking economy.
People are being affected in unprecedented way in our lifetime, he said.