Public Health Complications

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Facts on binge drinking, alcohol consumption and what drinking too much includes

Public health refers to anything that effects the population as a whole, specifically relating to prolonging life and preventing disease that may have a negative impact on the entire population. The topics talked about in the field of public health have the ability to create a wide span of damages and can have a huge impact of the welfare of something as large as a whole country. Usually a doctor takes care of a patient after they have contracted a sickness. In this field, prevention is the key factor, where aspects of life that may cause threatening events are prevented before they happen. Healthy decisions are promoted like educating the youth on the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs as well as the need for vaccines. A public health complication, like poor quality in the meat industry, lead to effects that impact a population as a whole. The spread of things like pathogenic viruses can have a negative impact on populations as numerous people across the country were effected by E.coli in Chipotle Mexican Grill meat. The presence of E.coli in water sources can also give us an indication of where these viruses are present and where precautions need to be taken place (Edberg et al. 2000).

Health complications associated with diet are highly studied in the United States. This is because the rates of obesity and associated health complications are increasing rapidly in the United States. Fast food is typically calorie-dense, and frequent intake of fast food has been associated with increased calorie intake, weight gain, overweight, and obesity (Basset).

Further Reading:

Edberg, S. C. L., et al. “Escherichia coli: the best biological drinking water indicator for public health protection.” Journal of applied microbiology88.S1 (2000): 106S-116S.

Bassett, Mary T et al. “Purchasing behavior and calorie information at fast-food chains in New York City, 2007.” American journal of public health vol. 98,8 (2008): 1457-9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2008.135020