The video, Unnatural Causes, drew attention to the economic and racial inequalities that exist in the world today- emphasizing the differences in incomes, living conditions, access to resources, and education between families of different socioeconomic status.
On top of all the stressors mentioned in the video, additional stressors may include having an adequate income to provide for the family (both in terms of food & shelter), being able to afford health care coverage, easy access to health care resources, transportation, insurance costs, and the stress to be able to send your children to school all are factors to adding more stress to people’s daily lives depending on their SES. In terms of class position, individuals with higher SES tend to live in safer neighborhoods, live a more affluent lifestyle, and are less worried about job instability & family income. Not to necessarily say that people at the top don’t face daily pressures in their lives, but that they are more likely to have power and resources to manage those pressures. On the other hand, individuals with lower class positions face greater exposures that can cause even more upset to their daily lives including lack of health insurance, uncontrolled debt, small and compact homes, noisy living conditions, job instability, and unreliable transportation. Social conditions such as the jobs we partake in, the income we receive, the schools we attend, and the neighborhoods we live in all are societal factors that create and reinforce stressors. While some neighborhoods have easy access to healthy, affordable produce, others may only have convenience stores, fast foods, and liquor stores. Additionally, individual behaviors such as smoking, drinking, exercising, and dieting all play a role in impacting our health.
Past and present discrimination has been seen by many people of color in terms of housing, jobs, and education, and has left many of them sitting in the lower half the SES ladder. Racism can impose may health burdens including segregation, social exclusion, stereotyping, access and treatment by the health care system. Inequalities in health from both racial and income disparities have existed for decades and have been the result of decisions that we, as a society, have made, therefore it is up to us to change this- to promote cultural diversity, to become more conscious and aware of our feelings, and to educate ourselves and others around us about this issue.