2008 - Gender and Physical Health Macro Level Social...

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Gender and Physical Health Macro Level Social Factors Mortality/Life expectancy How long do people live Morbidity How healthy are people Subjective well-being How healthy do people feel Gender and Mortality Women live longer than men Varies By country, social economic status, race, over time See the same age gap between men and women across the world but the gap will vary by country 5 years in the United States Morbidity Lower risk for obesity, chronic fatigue, chronic health problems, anemia, osteoporosis. When looking at the extremes, excellent or poor health, women are more likely to say that their health is poor and men are more likely to say their health is excellent If women see their health is poor it will have consequences for their behaviors, such as binge drinking…placebo affect. Women’s increased risk of healthy problems coincides with midlife and menopause Risk for many diseases and disorders increases normal hormonal changes associated with menopauses o Estrogen diminishes so increased risk for osteoporosis and cancer. Effects of early discrimination early have long term consequences
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