“Health Logic”

Friday Apr 9, 2010

In this post I will reverse from my scientific knowledge and focus on the psychological, as well as sociological aspects of lifestyle (as they are equally important).

For instance, there are many different reasons why people eat. Some reasons may be: you might have smelled something cooking that stimulated your appetite; or saw an advertisement of a food that you like; could be of social reasons; maybe you looked at the clock and decided it’s time to eat; and finally perhaps you are actually hungry?  There are many possibilities… If fact, we have so many different motivations for eating that it is easy to forget that the ultimate reason – obtaining nutrition – is a biological necessity (Food is our sole source of energy and raw materials from which our bodies are made.)

Although, our need for food is driven by biological necessity our eating patterns vary and are influenced by other factors (social, emotional, daily routine, etc).  Other behaviors such as smoking and physical activity may be influenced in the same manner.

Recently I have come across an interesting article, “Health logic and health-related behaviors.” The author of this article emphasizes the concept of the “Health logic”, which he defines as the judgmental way that health-related behaviors in everyday activities are understood.  In his article the four behaviors: smoking, eating, drinking alcohol, and exercise are classified as health-behavior related. It is so because they can enhance or damage health as everyday activities, since they are practiced by people as they go about their day-to-day lives.  In other words, people are responsible for their own health in the way they behave on everyday basis.

This takes into account the psychological aspect of eating as well as the other three factors (smoking, alcohol consumption, and exercise).  Many people may focus on “science based” factors of gaining weight or exercise such as: metabolic rate or the genetic aspect of weight gain. Many do not consider the psychological aspect of this issue, which in my opinion plays a very important role in our daily lives.

It is important to take a step back in our day-to-day lives (that are very much a routine for most of us) look at what we are doing right and wrong and maybe ask ourselves some questions – e.g. why am I eating right now? Am I really hungry? Why do I even smoke? By making small modifications for a healthier lifestyle we can make great impact in the long run, and even as soon as tomorrow!

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