View Full Version : Wealth Disparity Killing Americans

07-10-2013, 11:36 AM
It finds that how healthy you are depends on where you live. If you live in a rich area like San Francisco, Colorado or the suburbs of Washington D.C., you’re likely as healthy as the Swiss or Japanese. If you live in Appalachia or the rural South, you’re likely to be as unhealthy as people in Algeria or Bangladesh.


But Dr. Steven Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth University, who chaired a National Academy of Sciences panel that reported on U.S. health in January, says it’s more complex than just bad habits.

“It’s unsophisticated to say it’s because we are not eating right,” Woolf said in a telephone interview.

“There is a large contingent of Americans who react by saying this is a matter of personal responsibility. To some extent that’s true but there is much more about the way our lives are structured in the U.S.”.

This study solves its own equation without even realizing it. The Puritan streak in America wants to blame individuals for their own outcomes, but that is only partially true. What these researchers don't study is cortisol levels. There is another, and I would argue, much bigger reason for obesity and early death as pointed out in this study. Let's face it, the Japanese and French smoke a hell of lot more than we do. It's cortisol. The stress hormone.

In a society with the kind of radical wealth disparity of ours, where every day is a struggle to survive, completely unsure of the future, you have a majority of the population on a cortisol drip. It's like we are all walking around with IV bags, just drip drip dripping that cortisol into our systems. This is why we spend more than anybody else but get worse results. We're not actually addressing the problem, just the symptom.

Pony Boy
07-11-2013, 08:26 AM
Obesity: Mexico Overtakes United States As World's Fattest Country


This is really embarrassing we are not number one at anything anymore. We are going to have to try harder, Baja is kicking our ass.

07-12-2013, 09:38 AM
Privilege is like money--when you have none it is impossible to get and when you have more people offer it to you at every turn. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/07/the-paris-bureau-dispatch-1/277559/