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Study: Half of men don't go to the doctor

About half of men ages 18 to 50 don't have a primary-care physician, and a third haven't had a checkup in more than a year, a new survey shows.

Esquire magazine (esquire.com)."It's a stereotype about men that they don't like to go to the doctor, that they'd rather just go when there's a problem," says Ryan D'Agostino, articles editor for Esquire. "We had hoped it wasn't this true," he says, but the survey found 45% don't even have a primary-care doctor.Men need to have a physician and go for a checkup at least once a year because "so many health care problems are because of lack of preventive care," he says. Other findings in the April issue, out today:•75% say they get sick one to three times a year.•39% say they could stand to lose 20 pounds or more.•58% say they think about the healthiness of what they eat but indulge sometimes; 21% think about it at every meal; 21% say it hardly crosses their mind.div>

Men and their waist size:

•16% say their waist size is less than 32 inches.<•37%, between="" 32-34="" inches.•="" 19%,="" 35-36="" inches.•19%,="" 37-40="" inches.•="" 9%,="" 41="" inches="" or="" more.source:="" esquire,="" april="" issue="" (esquire.com)="" iv="">

<•57% of="" men="" eat="" fast="" food="" one="" to="" three="" times="" a="" week;="" 33%="" once="" a="" month="" or="" less;="" 6%,="" never;="" 5%="" eat="" it="" daily.•43%="" say="" they="" are="" sedentary,="" usually="" sitting="" while="" at="" work.•34%="" say="" they="" work="" out="" two="" to="" three="" times="" a="" week;="" 19%="" say="" they="" never="" do;="" 19%="" work="" out="" daily./="">