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n. any particular behavior or behavior pattern which strongly yet adversely affects health. It increases the chances of developing a disease, disability, or syndrome. Examples of these factors include tobaccco use, alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, physical activity, and sexual activity.

BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR: "Combine the behavioral risk factor of smoking with that of obesity and lackof physical activity, and you increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease."

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