Unhealthy Life Behaviors


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Many people engage in unhealthy life behaviors nowadays eitherconsciously or without knowing because of the life that they chooseto lead everyday. According to an article published on the September22, 2014 the most harmful habits people engage in include poor dietand nutrition, which is caused by the frequent craving of sugary andfatty foods that include fast foods and snacking at odd hoursresulting to obesity( Chaie, Leventhal, &amp Willis, 2002).Smokingis another, usually done by so many people with the reasons being torelieve stress and for relaxation purposes, smoking leads to diseaseto respiratory and immune system and cancers and also has an effecton those around you. There is excess alcohol consumption, whichpeople takes for fun or for enjoyment affects lifestyle, death, highblood pressure, stroke and cancer, digestive disorders, liver andbrain damage in the long-term it causes negative impact onrelationship, finances, mental and physical health in the long term.Finally, lack of physical activity where people prefer sitting on thecouch watching television and playing computer games all day insteadof going outdoors for some simple exercise like playing or swimming.September 22 Journal of American College of Cardiology found that ofthe 20,700 people that were sampled, 8% of the 1724 did not practicehealthy behaviors and 166 of them ended up with heart diseases. Inaddition 79% of heart attacks was prevented by practicing healthybehaviors, with a 20% lower risk compared to those who practiced nonehealth habits.

Challenges to health in the USA

There is increased spending with an estimated 75% healthcare goingtowards treating preventable chronic diseases (CDC) mostly dietrelated, there is shortage of doctors to cater for all the healthrelations affecting people in the US. Reliability on fast foods andconvenient stores that do not stock fresh produce, as there is littleif any fresh affordable healthy foods hence increased obesity andchronic conditions. Hence, people are encouraged to grow their ownfood or come up with a community garden that produces fresh foods.

Work-life balances where you find people in employment are so busywith their work that they hardly have time for exercise and healthyeating ( Chaie, Leventhal, &amp Willis, 2002). In addition, thestress that come with the work also make them sought smoking anddrinking hence face great health risks in their life like high bloodpressure and chronic conditions.

Health challenges to other countries

There several challenges that other countries face in the healthsector may differ to those in America because the lifestyle, livingconditions and governance really differs. There is poor nutrition dueto poverty, also lack of qualified personnel to handle medicalrelated cases due to poor payments, leading to increased brain drain,with people opting to go work in the US where the pay is better. Poorgovernance has also led to the misappropriation of funds, where fundsthat are to be used in the healthcare cannot be accounted for due tomismanagement. Lack of proper facilities and equipments has alsocontributed to poor health status in the country, as it is difficultto detect and treat patients with the available resources. Lastly,there is also a lot of unemployment (Eiseman&ampFossum, 2004), whichbegets idleness leading to people engaging in unhealthy and riskylifestyles like drinking carelessly and smoking without a properdiet.

Differences in challenges between Philippines and Great Britain

Medical care is adequate in major cities but its limited in theremote areas hence the treatment is expensive there. There is lack oftrained personnel and advancement in treatment, with people who havecomplication in the Philippines opting to seek treatment abroad,limited to the rich who can afford it, Britain however improvedmedical provision hence has are able to cater for their nationshealth in insurance.(Eiseman &amp Fossum, 2005 )


People should ensure that they engage in healthy habits to ensurethat they avoid some of this lifestyle diseases, a little exercise,changes in the eating habits, avoiding risky behaviors goes a longway in ensuring a healthy lifestyle.


Chaie, K. W., Leventhal, H., &amp Willis, S. L. (2002). Effectivehealth behavior in older adults. New York, NY: Springer Pub. Co.

Eiseman, E., &amp Fossum, D. (2005). The challenges of creating aglobal health resource tracking system. Santa Monica, CA: RANDCorp.retrieved from