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Research Paper Final Draft - 1 Ken Staley 5-9-08 Diane...

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Ken Staley 5-9-08 Diane Rometo Research Paper (Final Draft) Health in Society There is no such thing as a perfect society. As much as we would like to think that the society we are living in today is near perfect, the truth is we are all victims of imperfection. Society is full of many problems such as crime, discrimination, class conflict, corrupt politics, and many others. Truth is, society today is lazy and lets the government run their lives for them. The United States today is more socialist than democratic, but tell that to the average person on the street, and they will surely say you’re wrong. The government controls everything, from what you watch on television, what you say on the phone, to what you eat. This brings me to my main point, health in society. The health of people in the United States and all over the world is questionable to say the least. The question remains, are the governments of countries throughout the world doing enough to sustain the all around health of its citizens? This is a tough question to answer because of its broadness. We can approach this question in a few ways; let’s start out by looking at the least industrialized nations. Referring to a few Third World countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, we can compare some key health statistics that show staggering differences these countries, and industrialized nations such as the United States and Great Britain. The average life expectancy in industrialized nations is around 75 years old. This number is sure to augment in the upcoming decades with the aging of the baby boomer generation. But as of right now, 75 years old is a long life by anyone’s standard. Now what if I were to say to you, the life expectancy in Third World countries is one third less than our own. 1
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Do the math and what does that mean? It means that people in Third World countries are living a minute life expectancy of 50 years. At the age of 50, we all can expect to be working hard at whatever career we chose in life. In Afghanistan, a person of 50 years can expect to make his or her funeral arrangements. How can this be possible with all of the medical innovations that science has given us? It’s quite simple; Third World countries are financially unable to supply their medical facilities with adequate equipment and supplies. Money is scarce in Third World countries, hospitals have small budgets and its patients have very little to offer in exchange for medical attention. Because of the lack of modern technology, many diseases that could be treatable in industrialized countries are death sentences to people in Third World countries. Diseases are common in all societies, but there is one problem that separates the most and least industrialized nations, that is malnutrition. Chances are you don’t personally know anybody suffering from malnutrition, and if you do, it’s most likely because of an eating disorder which will be discussed later. Bioengineering and great agricultural advances in technology give us the ability to grow a plethora of different
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