Million people live in rmsa as of 2001 16585 primary

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Unformatted text preview: care - in these areas, there are fewer than 1 doctor per 2,000 people 65 million people live in RMSA • • as of 2001, 16,585 primary care physicians were needed in these sections of the country Obesity: A Cultural Problem • overeating contributes to obesity - 33% of american adults are obese - there are over 300,000 adult obesity-related deaths each year - the childhood obesity rate has doubled in children 2-6 and tripled for children aged 6-11 in the last 30 years • obesity is a lifestyle related disease - americans eat huge meals rich in carbohydrates and sugar, and deep fried in saturated fats • this countryʼs profit oriented, fast-food industry contributes to this health epidemic Social Factors and Health Care • obesity is an example of a health condition that is studied through the methods of epidemiology • epidemiology is the study of all the factors (biological, social, economic, and cultural) associated with disease in society • social epidemiology is the study of the effects of social, cultural, temporal, and regional factors in disease and health - among the more important social factors that affect disease and health in the US are race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and age Diversity Challenges Health Care Delivery • our countryʼs increasing cultural diversity challe...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2012 for the course SOC 100 taught by Professor Blah during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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