Lifestyle And Behavior Among Adults

767 WordsAug 4, 20164 Pages
Summary Lifestyle and behavior among adults has been the topic of major concern in the recent years. Unhealthy lifestyle behaviors have the potential to exacerbate chronic conditions like cardiovascular diseases, stroke, elevated blood pressure levels, diabetes, and obesity. Substantial improvements in behavior and lifestyle of individuals can help curb these high rates of obesity and avoid the devastating effects caused by chronic health problems. Among the options available, evidence-based studies suggest that providing financial incentives could be a better way to encourage change towards sustainable healthy behaviors. These include providing discounts on premiums, co-insurance, or deductibles, and providing large amounts or rewards for reaching the targeted health outcome. But these have proven to be beneficial only for short-term and only for certain groups of individuals such as the rich, young and the healthy. In order to increase the likelihood of long-term success on the path to health and wellness, I recommend that the policy should consider providing progress-based incentives, and long-term targeted incentives for specific high-risk individuals. Background Recent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than two-thirds of adults and one-third of youth in the United States are obese (Ogden et al., 2014). Increased rates of obesity are mainly responsible for serious health problems, rising health care costs, and rapidly
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