The Effect of Affluence on Health

We confirmed in class this past week that the more affluent you are, the longer your life expectancy is. That makes sense because with having a lot of money, you have the access to higher quality healthcare, higher quality food, and there is more time to cook meals for your family instead of going to McDonalds to buy a Happy Meal or make a TV dinner that feeds a family of four. These higher quality foods are high in protein, fiber, whole grains and various vitamins, while the lower quality foods are high in fats, sugar, sodium and synthetic chemicals usually to preserve the food.

This is a serious problem in the United States because there are people out there working well over 40 hours a week and barely have enough money to put food on the table. Moreover, these same people have additional problems including stress from long work weeks and lack of sleep. These are things that cause additional issues including a weaker immune system and a worsened short term memory, which ultimately cycles and negatively impacts work ethic.

So how does this problem get resolved? Well, we can continue to let these things happen and try to ignore it like many Conservatives have done, or, we can try to help these people and get them back on their feet so they can be more productive and help them provide for their family by increasing the minimum wage so Americans don’t have to work three jobs just to feed their families, or creating initiatives that get more Americans jobs to decrease unemployment. I know that a lot of people don’t like to get political, but I am not one of those people. Bernie Sanders has provided specific outlines of how he would resolve many of these issues, and I have attached a graphic that explains many of them, and would solve a lot of the issues regarding health and affluence.12743600_1068238389935881_8484910484877796158_n.jpg


~David Bohm


7 thoughts on “The Effect of Affluence on Health

  1. You have opened pandora’s box sir. I agree with you about many ideas in this post…mostly that healthcare MUST be available to all people regardless of wealth. It is disheartening to me to see someone poor sent home who REALLY needs treatment all because they do not have insurance. It is maddening that someone is treated so shamefully by an institution that is supposed to help EVERYBODY. The only question is, how is it paid for AND made sure that it is run satisfactorily? Who knows, if you find him, let me know!


  2. Interesting post that leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I agree with the fact that the issues you described shouldn’t be forced on hard working Americans. I definitely felt your personal position through this post, especially in regards to political parties. But I can’t really say that I disagree with you. I know that one of the most common arguments about these social programs is the question of “how will it be funded?”, a question I always find humorous. As if the defense budget that we spend each year, which is larger than the next seven countries combined, is a free investment? Where do people think that money comes from? Personally I wouldn’t mind paying more taxes if it improved society as a whole. Good post!


  3. I really liked this post considering it connects to me in a personal level. My parents worked well over 40 hours a week, plus overtime trying to put food on the table for us when we were young. Fortunately, now, things have straightened out and we are doing a lot better. Everyone should have the right to healthcare and to be comfortable in their own homes and lives. I have to say, I do agree with Bernie Sanders positions but I do think some need better planning before they go straight into action. Nice post!
    -Alli Stamper


  4. This was an interesting post, I think helping the overall health of America is a good thing and needs to be done, I keep my political views out of school. But I don’t mind you posting yours because it keeps things interesting. There are a lot of unanswered questions here though, this graph looks good and was a good tool, but it leaves out many questions. Many hard working Americans who are above the median might stop working their jobs and work simpler jobs since all of their work would be going to taxes. I think there are options, but this option has plenty of repercussions left out. There is simply more to it than this and it isn’t that easy.
    Trevor Ginn


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