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Consequences of Lifestyle Change on Population Health

Laurentiu Radu () and Mirela Stoian ()
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Laurentiu Radu: Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Mirela Stoian: Bucharest University of Economic Studies


Abstract: If a few decades ago, the society was analyzing the theories about the expansion of space and contraction of time, in recent years, approaches to the contraction of time theory are increasingly being discussed, both by specialists and by non-specialists. The rhythm of people’s lifestyle is changing especially in developing countries, people spend more and more hours at work, to the detriment of leisure and family time. People's traditions and eating habits are affected by the changes in the structure of the day, from a temporal perspective as follows: we work harder, we spend more time at the office and we spend less time at home, we cook less and we buy and consume more processed foods. In the context of globalization, the food that is offered to us is more and more accessible, the offer is diversified, permanent and available from a sensory perspective. The marketing is doing his job, convincing us that we need the new products, that these new products are better compared to previous versions and makes us spend money on what we do not really need. We work more, eat more food and more calories but we tend to do less exercise, obviously health problems arise for many of us, such as overweight and obesity, problems that occupy an important place in today’s society problems. The forecasts show that by 2030 over 50% of Romanians will be obese. For some countries, the figure could even reach 90%, suggest some estimates. (Sarbu 2016).

Keywords: Lifestyle; Globalization; Obesity; Body Mass Index (BMI); Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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