A City Guide To Guiping for Behaviour that is seen as undesirable is likely to H – R I S K Summary Much of our behaviour has implications for our health and illness status. This chapter has defined health behaviour as those behaviours associated with health status, whether or not they are performed with the explicit goal of health protection, promotion or maintenance in mind. The behaviours addressed in this chapter are sometimes referred to as behavioural pathogens’ or health-damaging behaviour and includes smoking, heavy consumption of alcohol, unprotected sexual behaviour and an unhealthy diet. Behavioural immunogens’ or health-enhancing behaviours, such as exercise, a balanced diet, health screening and immunisation behaviours are discussed in the next chapter. decrease while being monitored, whereas desirable behaviour is likely to increase. This may be useful in a clinical context, where the intention of self-monitoring is behaviour change, but in a research context it may be obstructive; for example, it may prevent researchers from obtaining reliable baseline measurement of behaviour against which to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention programme. Reliance on self-monitoring data can also create problems clinically; for example, Warren and Hixenbaugh reviewed evidence that people with diabetes make up their self-monitored blood glucose levels and found that, in some studies, individuals did so in order to present a more positive clinical profile to their medical practitioner i. A City Guide To Guiping 2016.