Chronic diseases can be viewed as diseases related to behavior. Just three behaviors account for the majority of the chronic disease burden: tobacco smoking, diet, and physical inactivity. The accompanying visualizations demonstrate the relationship between education levels and behaviors that impact health status in the region. More below…
Decisions about whether to smoke, exercise or eat healthy foods are not purely ones of personal choice. Factors that affect choice are strongly shaped by socio-economic situations. A person’s physical environment, neighborhood and ability to access recreational areas and fresh food sources can severely limit his or her ability to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Limited income, leisure time and transportation options also present challenges. It is important to keep these factors in mind when assessing health risks shaped by behaviors and designing interventions to reduce risks.
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