Task2 - Health >> Diseases of Affluence & Poverty

"Diseases of Affluence & Poverty"

Western academics often categorize our world so as to better understand it. Health related issues can also be classified into two distinctive groups. The first category defines diseases that are more common in developed countries, also known as diseases of affluence, and the second classifies diseases that are ubiquitous in the developing world, otherwise known as diseases of poverty.

The lifestyles of the citizens of affluent countries would appear to be attractive, especially to the third world, however, there are adverse health consequences associated with wealth. These health problems are often linked to the lifestyles of the developed world. Work commitments can result in stress. Further to this, workers in the developed world often have a poor diet as a consequence of being 'time poor'. Unfortunately, such lifestyles have significant adverse impacts on health. Specifically, diseases that stem from first world lifestyles include diabetes, stroke, obesity, allergies and addiction.

In contrast, for the developing world, health problems are generally the result of infection. The main causes of infectious disease are overcrowding, insufficient sanitation, malnutrition and inadequate access to quality healthcare. As a consequence, inhabitants of the third world can suffer from AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other water borne infectious diseases. In fact, a lack of clean water resources is the main reason for health problems in impoverished nations.

These categories of disease also have collective remedies. First world citizens should pay attention to lifestyle and diet while people in the third world must have access to clean drinking water and better health related facilities.

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