Tobacco Use And Tobacco Behavior Change

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Health behavior change is perhaps the biggest focus of the current generation as they attempt to minimize the costs associated with preventable diseases and deaths across the globe (Eyre, Kahn, & Robertson, 2004). At the top, is the tobacco consumption, followed closely by an unhealthy diet, inactive lifestyle, and alcohol consumption in that order, which, unfortunately, accounts for the millions of deaths around the world. In the United States alone, tobacco use accounts for approximately four hundred thousand deaths annually despite the government spending millions of dollar to create awareness about tobacco effects. Away from tobacco use is the physical inactivity and unhealthy diet, which is the focus of this paper in an attempt to establish …show more content…
This paper will focus on these behaviors in an attempt to modify them to fit the recommended levels and perhaps live a healthier life. Globally, the rate of mortality linked to inactivity and poor dietary patterns is shocking, second only to tobacco use. Statistically, the population of the obese and overweight people in the US alone has risen sharply for the last four decades. The prevalence of overweight adults stood at twenty-five percent in the 1970s but has since risen to thirty-five percent and continues to rise. Obesity equally rose from twelve percent to twenty percent in a span of ten years only, between 1990, and 2000 (Barwais, Cuddihy, & Tomson, 2013). The sad part is that since overweight and obesity developing during childhood persists to adulthood, high chances are that such persons may develop chronic diseases later in life. Regarding the state of physical activity among the American populace, the statistics are shocking. Sadly, physical activity reduces during the adolescence and even worsens as people continue to age (Eyre, Kahn, & Robertson, …show more content…
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