A person's lifestyle
plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining a
Research has shown that poor diet, a lack of physical activity,
partaking of harmful substances (such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs) and
illicit sexual activity will
dramatically increase the risk of chronic disease and premature death.
of study will discuss how lifestyle choices can affect health.
example, research has shown: obesity is a risk factor for chronic
diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke
and some forms of cancer;11
and smoking cigarettes for as little as five years can cause
irreversible damage to the lungs, heart, eyes, throat, urinary tract,
digestive organs, bones and joints, and skin.12
While hereditary factors have been shown to contribute
somewhat to obesity in some individuals, lifestyle choices such as diet
and exercise have been shown to have a far more substantial effect.
By the end of this lesson you should be able to:
- Identify the difference between the types of drugs and how it
- Summarize the effects of a variety of major lifestyle choices on
- Demonstrate making lifestyle choices which will have a positive
impact on health.