I received a 7/10 on the Health Equity Quiz, but I do not attribute this score to my knowledge of the information questioned. I found myself guessing correctly on many of them and I feel that my score should have been lower. The most surprising stastic I saw was that the United States is 29th in average age! I thought the United States was on the cutting edge of health care and to see that are own citizens are dying earlier than many other nations is both alarming and humbling.
In the “Unnatural Causes 1,” titled “In Sickness and in Wealth,” there is an emphasis on the economic status of people and how that impacts the health of people. The video initially discusses how America spends 2 trillion dollars on health care annually, yet we have fallen to 30th on the world list of life expectancy. The aim of this video is to show that it the distribution of wealth that is the best indicator for how healthy someone lives their life, not their genetic predisposition. The video showed that being healthy relies on access to income, education, and social determinants of health. The most notable proof of lifestyle being more determinant to health than genes was when one of the doctors said that identical twins would show differences in health statuses if they diverged to different working statuses later in their lives. This means that, according to the video, siblings who have identical genetic coding would experience differences in their health based on their economic status. The video showed different case studies of families that were different socioeconomic statuses and compared their living style to their health and wellness. The video concludes by talking about empowering communities and allowing people to take charge of their lives.
I agree with the video that I watched and I believe that genetics play a minimal role in our current health disparities, especially in America. The biggest determinant of health, according to the Health Equity Quiz and the video, is income, the access to education, and the access to social determinants of health. Most importantly, I think diet and exercise are the reasons for the disparity of health. Unhealthy food is cheaper and more readily available in communities of low income status and areas that have wealthier people are more prone to have expensive food that is healthier.