Health Disparities and Social Determinants

Health is a condition where sickness and infirmity are completely absent. Different types of definitions have been employed for various purposes over the years. According to some, health is the result of being contented with what you have; whereas, others believe that health is the result of having what you need. Some believe that health is acquired while some think that it is inherently inherent in us from birth.


Most countries have health disparities between them. The United States has large health disparities among racial and ethnic groups, socio-economic status, and gender. Although there are some differences in how men and women fare in terms of health, there is still much work to be done on this front. Some of the reasons for these discrepancies in the health indices across the U.S. are due to the different treatment practices, access to health services, general beliefs about health, and poor diet.

Although the United States has seen major strides in the prevention and treatment of many diseases, there are still pockets of disparity in terms of overall health. The most glaring problems are in the area of obesity and tobacco use. There are also things like lack of exercise, lack of dietary habits, and inadequate exposure to the sun and other outdoor things like air pollution that could help promote health disparities. It would be very helpful if people understood some of the things that could help in promoting good health.

Obesity can affect a person’s physical health, but this does not necessarily mean that the person will develop diseases associated with poor physical health. The causes for these discrepancies may vary, depending on the particular type of disparity. But, if an obese person is not educated about the disease conditions and he or she does not follow proper treatment procedures, then these individuals are likely to worsen their condition. A healthy diet, exercise, and quitting smoking can also prevent these kinds of discrepancies. If you feel that you are at risk for developing these kinds of diseases, then it would be good if you could do a little to get yourself educated on the disease so that you would know what you should do about it.

Another thing that could cause health disparities is social determinants. These determinants include the place one is born, their environment, and the kind of educational opportunities they had. In addition to these factors, other factors such as the gender, social status, and age also play important roles in these determinants, and these factors often affect people’s health behaviors and levels of well-being. There have been studies showing that those who have limited social status and opportunities are more likely to have physical problems and higher instances of health disparities.

On the other hand, there have been studies revealing that things like job opportunities, physical health, and the neighborhood in which a person lives could help determine their chances for developing both physical and mental health. This is due to the fact that neighborhoods are linked in a very complex way to the physical health of residents. If a person lives in an area where there are poor job opportunities and bad physical health, then they are more likely to develop these two factors independently and even in combination. The presence of a good school system and a clean environment could also help deter these kinds of individuals from developing the aforementioned two factors independently and in conjunction. This means that not just the neighborhood you live in could help determine your chances for development but also things like the economy of the area and your own personal circumstances.