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InSicknessandinWealth

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Rebecca Young Political Science 200 Professor Kramer 3 September 2012 In Sickness and in Wealth Our society is organized in a way that is negatively influencing our health in America. Life expectancy rates are lower in areas where people are near or below the poverty line. Other countries invest in better education, healthcare, and wealth is more evenly distributed, which in turn leads to longer life expectancies and better health. According to the video “In Sickness and in Wealth,” “There is a direct connection between society and health.” Social conditions affect health in America and it is going to take more than just informing people to eat healthier to change the low life expectancy in low income areas. This video showed many gradients demonstrating the rates of certain diseases in low income families compared to high income families. The lower income families had lower life expectancies and a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and stress. For example, Mary Turner, a poor white woman who is forty­nine years old, has three kids and a disabled husband. She lives in an area where one­third of the population did not receive a high school diploma. She only has $200 a month to spend on food for her family and if she finds a job, she risks losing her medical care. She has also struggled
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