Unhealthy Habits You Need To Ditch

These tendencies are derailing your best efforts at living better and longer.

July 17, 2009
by Rebecca Ruiz

The Cost of Bad Habits
Smoking and excessive weight gain are particularly pernicious since they've been linked to a range of bad health outcomes, including cancer and heart disease. They're also expensive habits when it comes to the cost of health care. Expenditures related to smoking reach as much as $96 billion annually. Obesity is estimated to cost $90 billion, and it may get pricier. A report published this month by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that adult obesity rates had increased in 23 states from 2006 and 2008.

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