The video that we saw in class this week was not very surprising because it’s obvious that lower socioeconomic status will result in fewer resources. That means less money to buy healthy food and to purchase living quarters in an area that has less crime, fewer environment health hazards, and a better neighborhood. The result of these inequalities comes in the form of higher rates of obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a slew of other negative health problems. Life expectancy is cut short, as shown by the graphics in the video. This makes me wonder: how much of a person’s health is about their life choices and how much is due to their environment? No one is raised in a vacuum, but we can’t blame society entirely for people’s shortcomings. It’s a lot easier to be healthier in high socioeconomic status, so that presents another question: What can we do to reduce the incidence of negative health problems in lower-income communities? We could have initiatives to grow gardens to provide fresh vegetables in communities, make huge efforts to reduce crime (which would reduce stress levels), clean up the environment so how. What are your thoughts?