Unhealthy Lifestyle And Behavior Among Adults

757 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 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, providing large amount 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. In order to increase the likelihood of long-term success on the path to health and wellness, I recommend the policy should consider providing progress-based incentives, and long-term targeted incentives for specific high-risk individuals. Background: Recent reports by 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, C. L., et al, 2014). Increased rates of obesity are mainly responsible for serious health problems, rising health care costs, and rapidly decreasing health outcomes. The escalating rates of
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