This means children are now expensive to have and people do not have the money to have as many children as they used too. Medical advances have been a consequence to the changes in population. Due to improvements in midwifery and immunisation, the infant mortality rate has decreased significantly. This now means partners do not need to have as many children as it is more certain their child will live through their childhood. This was not the case at the beginning of the 20th century.
2. Which of the statistics listed in #1 affects you personally and how? Obesity-related medical conditions cost our nation nearly $150 billion every year and account for 16 to 18 percent of our total healthcare costs. This effects me because if people would just eat healthier than the money can go into schools and pay for cops, firefighters, and teachers. 3.Suggest ways that our society as a whole could reverse or improve the statistic in a positive way for each of the statistics listed in #1.
In America, the stereotype that obese people are inconsiderate, lazy, overeaters is largely accepted. What many people fail to realize is that many of these obese people cannot lose weight because of the environment they are in. David Zinczenko, author of the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater,” emphasizes the problem of obesity and how it affects society. Zinczenko suggests that the obesity epidemic is affecting all of America. He states that before 1994, only five percent of all childhood diabetes cases were obesity related, or Type 2 diabetes.
Cultural deprivation means when children are deprived from things what they need. This can include the lack of values and support they get from their parents, which can influence on socialisation skills. It can be argued that due to lack of family structure, social cultural and soft skills pupils are less likely to underachieve. Cultural deprivation is a theory that many working-class children are inadequately socialised and therefore lack the ‘right’ culture appropriate for a successful education. Many people argue that development is vital in the younger years in the child’s life, and the ability to solve problems and apply ideas help in the long-term.
Since its invention over fifty years ago, television has been criticized by many as being bad for children’s brains. As television has advanced throughout the years, so have the fast paced, mindless shows designed for young children. In the article “Is SpongeBob SquarePants Bad for Children?” Roni Rabin discusses a research study that sought to prove that watching SpongeBob SquarePants has a negative effect on a child’s executive functioning system. The results of this small experimental study found that children who watched nine minutes of a fast paced cartoon had decreased their executive functioning compared to children who participated in nine minutes of drawing or watching educational programs. Connecting fast paced television viewing to losses in cognitive ability has profound significance for children’s social and learning development.
The population of 65 and older accounts for approximately 13% of our nation’s population, and they account for 24.1% of the total hospital visits (Dychtwald). One reason that the health care industry is such a moneymaker is because Medicare doesn’t generally cover all of the costs of disease prevention and long term care, which can be quite expensive. The percentage of GDP that is spent on healthcare was approximately 17% in 2009, and it is projected to be 19.3% by the year 2019 (Terry). (2) p.113 Healthcare costs for Medicare patients shown as $100/yr in 1965 and $7,000 in
The median per capita income is about $16,000.00 less than the national average and less that 50 percent of the adults over 25 have graduated high school” (413). Mr. Robinson works a part time job to make an extra dollar (415) which in turn leads to less time with his daughters and therefore the habits that they all have learned about eating can’t be addressed as a family. The circumstances leading to this way of life for the Robinson family play a major role in the outcome. An individual who lacks the income necessary to purchase healthy food may turn to cheaper, unhealthy food. Haygood‘s essay implies the financial burden of purchasing more expensive foods limits the ability to choose a healthy lifestyle.
Another 9.7 million are non-citizens, but the Census Bureau does not distinguish in its estimate between documented and undocumented migrants. It has been estimated that nearly one fifth of the uninsured population is able to afford insurance, almost one quarter is eligible for public coverage, and the remaining 56% need financial assistance (8.9% of all Americans). An estimated 5 million of those without health insurance are considered "uninsurable" because of pre-existing conditions The costs of treating the uninsured must often be absorbed by providers as charity care, passed on to the insured via cost-shifting and higher health insurance premiums, or paid by taxpayers through higher taxes. Since people who lack health insurance are unable to obtain timely medical care, they have a 40 percent higher risk of death in any given year than those with health insurance, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study estimated that in 2005 in the United States, there were 45,000 deaths associated with lack of health insurance.
The finding was that on average energy dense food cost $1.76 per 1000 calories, while low energy nutritious food cost $18.16 per 1,000 calories. (“Dope, A High Price for Healthy Food”) This basically shows that unhealthy food are a better bargain for people who are tight on money. The bad thing about it is that the prices for healthy food are continuing to rise while “junk food” is relatively the same or a tad bit lower. America's low income families are therefore In a cycle where since they can't afford healthy food they eat bad, which in turns leads to bad health which leads then leads to high insurance and medical bills which ultimately causes them to get poorer or remain at the bottom of the pyramid. Why is healthy food so much more expensive than regular food?
As the majority of the population becomes older than 65, disability and its secondary consequences become major issues. While it is true that more than half of Americans do not follow the recommendation of 30 minutes of exercise per day, five or more times per week, persons with disabilities report even higher rates of inactivity and of obesity. They are also more likely to smoke. Barriers to Exercise Some barriers to regular exercise faced by persons with disabilities include cost of membership to fitness centers, lack of transportation, lack of information regarding available wheelchair-accessible facilities and programs, lack of accessible equipment in the centers, lack of available/affordable equipment for home use, and the perception that fitness centers are unfriendly environments for people with disabilities. Additionally, many persons with disabilities don't know what exercise program is suitable for their particular condition.