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Chapter 5 - Chapter 5 Med Soc Illness Behavior activity...

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Chapter 5 Med Soc Illness Behavior – activity undertaken by person who is ill and wants to define/fix it Health behavior – “”maintain/improve health, prevent probs, improve body image. Includes sick ppl too. Health Lifestyles Health lifestyle – patterns of health-related behavior based on choices from options avail to ppl according to life chances. Life chances determined by class position that either enables or constrains healthy lifestyle choices Choices – go to doc, exercise, brush teeth, wear seatbelt… Health improved w/ “engineering methods” – build safe water supplies, production of cheap food for urban areas thru mechanized agriculture 1900-1950 – medical era – mass vaccination, antibiotics to combat infection postmedical era – now controlled by SES public realize that we going away from acute to chronic illnesses, that probs caused by lifestyle (AIDS), and mass media saying lifestyle change improve health Weber:Lifestyles Social rank determined by how much of society’s good and services person can buy, status (prestige), power (polit influence)
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