International Journal of Medical and Health Research

International Journal of Medical and Health Research


International Journal of Medical and Health Research
International Journal of Medical and Health Research
Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2016)

Consumption-related health habits: An analysis based on urban residents in Sri Lanka


D.P.S. Chandrakumara , H.G.K. Malani, H.A.E. Damayantha

Consumption pattern of people has been identified by many health experts as a main cause associated with many health problems. In addition to the suffering of people from many diseases, the health cost to the government can also be minimized if people can avoid such harmful consumption and related practices. Health specialists have identified many good consumption-related health habits for the people to improve their health. The aim of this paper was to identify how far the urban residents in Sri Lanka have been practicing these good health habits. The results revealed that urban residents are not low in practicing good health habits. Especially, the response is good in ‘taking breakfast every morning’, ‘avoiding alcohol’ and ‘avoiding smoking’. These habits may have prevented many health problems that could be arisen otherwise. However, the low level of consumption of alcohol and smoking is due to the absence of such consumption habits in women in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, since many other good health practices do not involve a cost of adopting, only the educating of people in such practices would give positive results. The study also provides a good rational basis for initiating educational programs to improve good health practices since it found a strong positive relationship between the level of education and the health index.
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