Family lifestyle refers to the way that families live and their attitude, knowledge, and habits. Moreover, family lifestyle is an important determinant of family health. There are several aspects of lifestyle that affects health such as smoking, home safety and food safety. I visited Mr. Ahmed and Mrs. Aisha in order to understand the lifestyle better. They have three children, one boy and two girls. In this report, I will describe the family’s knowledge, attitude and practice in terms of smoking, home safety and food safety.
Smoking is one of the dangerous habits that people perform in their lives. This habit affects the health and causes several diseases, such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease (Institute of Medicine, 2012). In the family, I visited the father is a smoker. He strongly approves with the idea of smoking while the mother strongly disapproves the idea of smoking. Both of them know that smoking is harmful to the smoker, but the father does not know that smoking is harmful for other people who are called: second hand smokers. In addition, the father was at the age of 15 when he started smoking cigarettes. There is more than one reason that pushed the father to start smoking when he was a teenager. One of these reasons is copying the behavior of his father. He believes it would be difficult for him to give up smoking. I agree that quit of smoking is difficult since cigarettes contain nicotine, which is more addictive than heroin and also smoking become part of his daily routine (Giovanni, 2012).
The mother’s view is opposite to the father's view, she strongly disapproves of smoking. She prevented the father from smoking inside the house. She knows that the tobacco smoke can cause effects on the fetus’s health, asthma also chest infection in children. She said if a regular smoker asks her to marry one of her children, she will probably refuse him. She is aware of the negative consequence of the smoking that may affect children, wife, and smokers.
Smoking will become an issue in the future because it does not only affect the smoker himself, but it will also affect other people who are not smoking (WHO, 2012). I would advise the father to read more about the risk factors of smoking and the effects of smoking on secondhand smokers. Also, I would advise the mother to not change her opinion and help her husband to quit.
In order to evaluate the family in term of home safety, I took some notes about the outside environment of the home. They have a large yard, and there are playground equipment and a garden. Also, they have two stairs outside the home. There is no swimming pool. The surface under the playground is grass which is non-protective and unsafe for children (Mott, A., James, R., & Dunstan, F, 2002).
Inside the home, the stair is designed to fit with safety to prevent them from injuries. All the steps of a stair are the same height and surface is non-slippery. The railings have vertical bars that a child...