I got a 5 out of ten I believe on the Health Equity Quiz. I was very surprised to learn that certain immigrant groups declined in their health after immigration to the United States. I also did not realize that the United States spends so much of each on healthcare, yet we still are ranked number 29 in the world for life -span. Maternal and infant child health in the United States is still pretty poor compared to other industrialized countries. I wonder why are expenditure for health is so high, but our quality of life and longevity is still relatively low.
Globalization and urbanization is not always mean greater health an example of this is indigenous groups. Certain indigenous groups have higher rates of diabetes due to the vast change in their living environment. The indigenous populations that live by the river often depended on the river for their life. The river provided vegetation for the groups. There is also a correlation between poverty and type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar control is more difficult when there are high-stress hormones in an individual. The food available to these indigenous groups wasn’t often healthy although it was much more affordable. Commodified food that was available to these groups were often high in fat and lard. The commodified unhealthy food became a cultural norm and risked the health of these groups more. There were also not safe places for individuals to exercise. Cultural identity was lost due to lack of access to river water as well.
There needs to be more schools, access to clean water and there need to be more water rights for the indigenous groups to feel more empowered about their own health.