I got 6 answers correct out of 10 on the health equity quiz. The statistic that was most surprising to me was that wealth was the biggest factor in determining whether an individual would be considered healthy or not. I always assumed that genetics and lifestyle would play a much bigger role in determining the state of someone’s health, not whether they were wealthy or not. I also assumed that some people were just naturally predisposed to be healthier than others and that wealth would not affect one’s health, but after taking the quiz, I realized that wealth can affect a number of factors related to health, such as stress, access to health care, and access to healthy food and good methods of exercise. It is unfortunate that some of these diseases can cause others to become predisposed to them as well even if they are more well-off than their parents were at the time of the disease becoming prevalent. It is also difficult for individuals living in poverty to get out of poverty, which can negatively affect their health as well.
One of the case studies from Unnatural Causes: “In Sickness and in Wealth” followed a lab technician who went back to school to get ahead and considered herself to be middle class. The video explained how education can increase lifespan by up to 2 1/2 years but can also be inaccessible due to the high cost of higher education in the United States. Only about 15% of people in the woman’s district had their degree and those who didn’t would suffer a shorter lifespan than those who did, only about 75 years on average. The video also followed a CEO of a company living in an upper-class district. In this district, almost 65% of people living there had their college degree and their average lifespan was 79 years, a big difference compared to the middle class district.