Although I only scored a 50% on the Health Equity Quiz, I knew the general area of what the quiz was asking, so I’m going to say I got a solid 70% on it instead. The statistic that I found most surprising was that the United States was in the top 5 countries in the world in average life expectancy around 50 years ago, but fell to 29th as of recently. The quiz stated that during those 50 years, instead of evolving as a country to make us all wealthier, the rich just got richer while the poor stayed poor in the United States. Meanwhile the rest of the countries were prospering throughout their social class, instead of just having the “baby boomers” take charge.
In the video “Becoming American”, it described how American’s actually have worse health than newly immigrated, poor Latinos. You would think that a poor person from, say, Mexico would be sick and and unhealthy to be around, but doctor Steve Larson worked with several thousands of Mexican patients, and found out that most of them were young, healthy people. Immigrant Latinos in the Kennan-Square Mexican community actually had the best health of anybody in the county by far, with the lowest rates of death, heart disease, and most other major health killers.
However, the longer an immigrant stayed in the United States and becomes “more American”, they are more likely to have higher blood pressure, become more obese, diabetes and heart disease than when they first arrived. A non-genetic factor that could play a part on this the stress put on Hispanic immigrants. In Mexico they had a very family oriented environment, but in America they all must work many hours to try to achieve the “American dream” and move up in social class. They also may change their diet to consume more readily available fast food, which can play a part in the increase in their number of cases of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease the longer they stay in America.