Week 1 Activity Post–China

I chose to do cardiovascular disease and its increasing presence in China over the last few decades. China is one of the world’s most populated countries with a population of 1,376,049,000 people as of 2016. The communist governed country of China is located in Asia. It is very significant in size, as far as geographic location goes, and has extremely dense urban communities. Since the industrialization of China, the country has gained a significant amount of power and prestige among the world stage. I chose to discuss this disease because I think the intersection between the push for high educational status, the steeply rising economy, and their recent urbanization will be one of the leading intersecting causes behind the recently high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in China.

China has a high enrollment status of children in China. In 2016, more than 95% of the school-aged population was enrolled in school. The significance of education plays a major part in the industrialization shift in China and the need for higher education to obtain wealth in society. Which leads to their country’s increasing gross national income (GNI) which has significantly increased from an average of $70 in 1962 to $8,250 in 2016. Out of curiosity, I decided to compare the GNI of China to the United States and I found that since 1962, the United States GNI has been on a steady increase since the industrialization period of the 1960s. The U.S. started at $3,280 in 1962 and has increased to $58,270 in 2016. China’s GDP has also increased significantly over the last 40 years and it is interesting to see how the U.S. has had a consistent and steady rise over the past few decades and China has had a significant increase in their economy within just the last 40 years.

With a population of over a billion people in 2016, and more than half of the Chinese residents living in urbanized cities and communities, the environment alone is likely contributing to many of the enabling factors that will infect the population with this complex cardiovascular disease. A spike in the economy, the expectation of higher education from their residents, and the tight quarters within the urbanized communities, I am interested to see how all of these pieces will play a significant part in the underlying epidemic in China.

Information obtained from the following sources:

https://data.worldbank.org/country/china

https://data.unicef.org/country/chn/

https://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states

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