For the Health Equity quiz I did fairly poor on it. I thought i had a good idea on all of the questions but it turned out i was being too generous to the United States. The statistic I found the most surprising was the fact that the United States was ranked 29th in the world based upon life expectancy. And according to Wiki, we now rank 35th. Its a little upsetting that we consider ourselves the greatest country out there and yet we lack the necessary tools and knowledge to be the leading country in life expectancy. The U.S. virgin islands and Puerto Rico rank higher than us.. and we own them!
From the list of Unnatural Causes, I chose to summarize When the Bough Breaks. This episode was targeted on why and how being apart of a certain race affects birth weights. They focused primarily on African American women and why the children they give birth to had a significant decrease in birth weight and also delivered babies prematurely. They interviewed an African American woman named Kim Anderson who was living the ‘American Dream’. She had a high education, great job, social life, husband, diet, and family yet she gave birth to her first child two and a half months early. Scientists thought this trend was genetic but quickly denied that idea. Kim confessed that her race had in the past made things harder on her life and had caused her stress. In certain stores she was followed or treated differently which did not settle very well with her. The researchers related the premature births to stress, which seemed to fit. It makes sense though, African Americans are discriminated regularly based upon their race in everyday life. This causes loads of stress on the African American race. Stress hormones can skyrocket and when they reach a certain level they can trigger a pregnant woman to go into labor early. This explains why so many African American mothers have premature birth-weighted babies.