I surprised myself while taking the Health Equality Quiz, I actually got 7 out of 10 correct. I really do not know that much about health equality, so I must be a great guesser. The most interesting fact I found while taking the quiz was that recent Latino immigrants, though poorer, have better health than the average American, yet within a few years of arrival, their health advantage begins to disappear. I figured the wealthy, white Americans would have the best health care over all Americans.
The Unnatural Cause video I choose to analyze was Bad Sugar. This issue really hit home for me because both of my Grandparents have Type II diabetes. Before this assignment I did have the belief that better development, urbanization and globalization did mean greater health among local populations, which was kind of confirmed when I watched the Bad Sugar video.
I think the non-genetic risk factors in this particular case outweigh all the possible genetic factors. The people of the Tohono O’Odham Reservation in Arizona are more secluded in their area, and have to rely on a smaller food supply than most people. They also, because of their secluded nature, do not have the same level of access to health care that others may have. I found it most interesting when they started to talk about how the people believed the Type II Diabetes was caused by a unique genetic make-up and that contracting it was an anomaly. This was most interesting to me because my first instinct would be to blame my surroundings and way of live, before I would question my genetic make-up.
The better explanation for the contraction of Type II diabetes is the fact that most Tohono O’Odhams live below the poverty line; more than half to be exact. The lack of water sources are the biggest reasons I see for their health issues. Insufficient nutrition and unclean water supplies would make anyone sick.