Changes in Health Risk Behaviors in Australia

Najman, Toloo, and Siskind’s (2006) article highlights the trends in the prevalence of both smoking and sedentary lifestyle among areas of different socioeconomic status. In particular, it has been emphasized in the article that populations throughout socioeconomically challenged areas generally showed the slowest pace of adopting a healthier lifestyle, especially in terms of refraining from the aforementioned practices which are considered as health risks (Najman, Toloo, ; Siskind, 2006).

While such a finding is rather expected, as it is generally accepted that poverty is among the essential reasons for the existence of ensuing health related concerns throughout society. Furthermore, the lack of appropriate understanding about health as well as limited access to health care facilities are among the main challenges of maintaining health across poor communities worldwide (Weaver ; DiElsi, 2009). While the point expressed above may be negative perceived, it is necessary to point out that the findings also indicate improvement.

While slow, refraining from smoking and maintaining an active lifestyle has occurred through the decade (Najman, Toloo, ; Siskind, 2009). In effect, means of developing effective approaches to further hasten the pace must be made a priority, possibly making it comparable to the trend of behavior improvement seen in more affluent areas. Such means, regardless of the particular aspects of the designed solution, would only come to fruition if the approval of policy makers is given.

In this sense, developing solutions which support the core values and roles of policy makers is necessary (Siegel ; Doner, 2004). Therefore, as the article is a comprehensive review of national health surveys, making it a reliable source of information, without doubt the points made are actual issues and trends in health care in the context of socioeconomically depressed locations which may serve as a wake-up call for public health groups and policy making bodies alike. References Najman, J. M. , Toloo, G. , ; Siskind, V. (2006).

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