On the Health Equity Quiz I scored a 3 out of 10. I was very surprised at every answer to these questions but the one I was most shocked at was the American life expectancy compared to other countries. I put that we were in the top 10, but finding out that we were in the 29th place was not even close to what I expected. Seeing as we have such high-powered technology and more health care than other places I would’ve that we were higher ranked. This quiz was extremely informative because it gave me more insight on the health in American culture.
In the unnatural cause episode “Becoming American” Latinos immigrated to America and it was shown that when they first arrived they were healthier than the US citizens who have lived here there whole lives. However, after about 5 years of living here they are started to get an increase in chances of diseases because they were becoming “Americanized”. Becoming this meant that they started to adapt to our lifestyles and the idea that wealth=health. Once they started to live here longer, their health started to decrease. One of the reasons this happened was because their income was so low and becoming poor meant they started to understand the idea of wealth=health. This case shows that to a new immigrant wealth & health have no correlation, but once you “Become American”, it starts to take affect.
A non-genetic factor that can explain some of these health disparities is the social isolation that was discussed in “Becoming American”. As I stated before, new Latino immigrants had strong family ties and they depended on each other. Becoming socially isolated from a bond like this can cause for depression and that could lead to a different lifestyle. Depression is a good example of a non-genetic factor not only in the Latino immigrants, but other US citizens that live here also.