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Health and Behavior: the Interplay of Biological, Behavioral, and Societal Influences

By National Academies Press (US)

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Title: Health and Behavior: the Interplay of Biological, Behavioral, and Societal Influences  
Author: National Academies Press (US)
Language: English
Subject: Science, Medical Science, Non Fiction
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), National Center for Biotechnology Information
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Publisher: National Center for Biotechnology Information


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Description: Health-care professionals, patients, families, community leaders, and policy makers all struggle to understand interactions between health and behavior and to use that knowledge to improve the health status of individuals and populations. Health and behavior are related in myriad ways, yet those interactions are neither simple nor straight-forward. Given the wide acknowledgment that cigarette smoking is linked to a variety of deadly diseases, for example, why do people start smoking? And given equally convincing evidence connecting excess weight with cardiovascular disease and other health problems, why are so many people far above their optimal weight? Does such unhealthy behavior indicate a simple lack of willpower? How does the social environment influence these behaviors? Does stress make people sick, or does illness produce stress? This report presents current knowledge about links between health and behavior, about the influence of the social environment on these behaviors, and about interventions to improve health through modifying behavior or personal relationships. It also addresses what must still be learned to answer questions like those above.

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TOC : The National Academies -- Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice and Policy -- Preface -- Reviewers -- Executive Summary -- 1. Introduction -- 1. Biological, Behavioral, and Social Factors Affecting Health -- 2. Health-Related Interven


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