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Healthy Lifestyle and Consumption Patterns
Healthy lifestyle and consumption patterns
Example Obesity

Individual behaviour has historically been considered a product of free will, but increasingly health behaviour is recognized as being constrained by an individual's social and material circumstances. There is evidence that attitudes and beliefs do exert an effect on behaviour, so that people who hold a positive set of beliefs that behaviour is strongly linked to health outcomes are more likely to adopt ‘healthy’ lifestyles). Nonetheless, when social class and income are controlled in health surveys, the influence of such beliefs largely disappears (Blaxter, 1990). It is now generally acknowledged that the relationship between health knowledge and health behaviour is not at all a straightforward one (see Health promotion).

Eating and physical activity are two critical ...

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