Prevention of Bad Lifestyle Habits Should be Tackled Even Before the Age of 13

Bad habits such as poor diet, alcohol use, and a sedentary lifestyle are all already being detected in early adolescence. They are especially common among women and young people between the ages of 19 and 26.

New research suggests that prevention campaigns should take these facts into consideration, and even look at people less than 13 years old.

Eurekalert reports:

"The data point to the fact that young persons show more risk behavior than expected, more even than they themselves perceive, believing that they are healthier than they really are. The least healthy habits turn out to be eating ones, followed by ingestion of alcohol, sedentarism, risks involving sexual relations, the consumption of tobacco and drugs and, finally, low quality or insufficient sleep. By age, it is notable that risk behavior presents itself in early adolescence and that all the habits, except sleep, worsen with the passing of the years."

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