Understandably, natural herbs can be an attractive home remedy alternative to physician prescribed psychopharmacology (Szafrański, 2014). Many people suffering from depression or anxiety could be helped if less expensive therapies were available (Amsterdam et al., 2012).
Unhealthy diet due to excessive consumption of fat and sugar can lead to increased risks such as obesity (Kakoschke, Kemps, & Tiggemann, 2014). According to Pettigrew (2015), food marketers contribute significantly to pushing unhealthy products that meets the consumers’ desire for flavorful, easily available, and cheap food.
Eating behavior can be a response to thin- (or muscular-) idealization that may be the result of the aspiration to achieve the ideal, or that is a coping effect for negative body feelings from the comparison with others. Critical thinking and realism skepticism are factors protecting from lower body satisfaction resulting from thin-ideal media exposure. Eating disorder prevention and intervention should consider those factors that are influencing self-imposed overly restricting and unhealthy eating behaviors.
The composition of treatment should base on the detailed understanding of the patient’s situation including the diagnosis of the type of obesity, its metabolic consequences, any co-morbidities, as well as the medical history and personality of the patient.
Obesity as a chronic condition is characterized by an excess of body fat (Sheperd, 2009). Most obese individuals suffer from metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2, dyslipidemia, or hypertension (Bluher, n.d.). Obesity involves various factors that require a whole person diagnosis and treatment from a biopsychosocial (BPS) perspective.
Geographical and behavioral differences are relevant for how long people live. For example, in an Abkarsian population of Georgia the chance for a citizen of reaching the age of 100 years was 13 times higher than the expectancy in the UK or the US. Weg (1983) found the following factors to be relevant for explaining the phenomenon:
There may have been a local gene pool of relevance
They have disciplined work routines
Their diet is low in saturated fat and high in fruit and vegetables
They do not smoke or drink alcohol
They are close-knit, with good social support
Reported levels of stress are low
However, the interpretation of correlations between such findings and other factors are difficult. But generally, the following 7 lifestyle factors found by many studies contribute to longevity (Laureate Education, 2014):
Sleeping 7 – 8 hours per day
Having breakfast regularly
Not eating between meals
Being near to medically-advised weight
Moderate alcohol use (or abstinence)
Taking regular exercise
I really think just these big 7 health habits are the ones everyone needs to consider and fine-tune to his/her personal situation, condition, and preference. Feasible, no? Or easier said than done?:-)