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Lifestyle Choices and Health Essay

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´╗┐Modern Studies Essay ? Lifestyle Andrew Cummings Throughout the past years, our lifestyle has changed dramatically. Some are worse than others. Most of which is smoking, obesity and mortality/morbidity. This essay will outlook those factors and show just how much of an impact they have had on us. One major factor of today?s lifestyle affections is obesity. As little common-sense as it may take to figure that out, it is a lot more serious than you may think. Well over a quarter of Scots alone are obese (according to a 2011 survey from a BBC health survey.) 22% of boys and 32% of girls are also obese under the age of 10. This has been so due to too-readily available foods both inside and outside of school. Many have argued for this to stop, however little difference has been made. ...read more.


Whilst the adults may find it acceptable to hurt themselves, they have no idea of the influence they have upon the next generation. So bad that binge drinking is most common in 16-24 year olds. Be it at parties or out on the street, in some cases “just for the hell of it”. It’s also hurting the government’s pocket too, whilst we may not sympathise for the government directly, they are having to cut funds to other departments such as education to feed into the NHS purely for alcohol abuse. It is costing an estimated £6 billion per year to treat alcohol abuse. Be it operations or prescriptions or rehabilitation. That’s 12% of the NHS’ annual budget. It has came to the government that something needs to change and they have since banned drinking in public places, increased the minimum purchasing age and are planning to introduce a highly controversial “Minimum price per unit” scheme which in itself is a whole entire subject. ...read more.


The figure has decreased over the last few years. Primarily when the smoking ban in public places was introduced. New bills are being pushed through to allow workmen to refuse to enter the house to repair anything if it is filled with smoke from cigarettes. Also, smoking inside your own car being made illegal and punishable by a fine is another bill also being pushed through parallel to the first one. Social class is the main overall factor that affects anyone?s lifestyle. The claim that individuals and groups with different levels of income and wealth should be expected to have different attitudes appears in many different places. A meta-analysis of 35 studies found that social class is related to social integration among students in higher education: Working-class students are less focused than middle-class students. This relation averaged across students' gender and year of study, as well as type of social class measure. Middle-class people generally have healthier diets than lower-class people. Considerations that underlie choices of foodstuffs may explain this class difference in eating habits. ...read more.

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