Why do poor countries have a predominance of infectious diseases as opposed to the lifestyle-related diseases of wealthy countries? What is your response to the global health inequalities that exist?
When we think sociologically we make links between our own personal experiences and public issues. The sociological imagination template helps to investigate public issues in a way that analyses four important factors, these being; historical, cultural, structural and critical.
Historical factors take into consideration how the past affects the future and for many poor countries a complicated and unstable past has influenced the countries ability to develop. The ...view middle of the document...
With no education and a lack of money, preventable and treatable diseases become much more evident in poor countries. Environmental factors such as natural disasters can also impact a countries ability to develop and can make it impossible for individuals to fight disease as they affect not only the nation as a whole but also each individual’s ability to fight disease’s that may be spreading throughout the country. The past of developed countries can also be quite complicated, however, for different reasons these countries are faced with diverse health issues due to poor lifestyle choices. Due to the advances in technology physical exercise is less prominent in individuals lives and the consumption of foods with saturated fat is a lot higher leading to obesity and other lifestyle related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Advances in technology have also had a positive affect as we are much further advanced in different areas of medicine. Individuals living in developed countries often have the money to spend on daily activities that may not necessarily be a good health choice.
Cultural factors explore how different beliefs and values impact our daily lives. Many countries take a...