Task2 - Health >> Health Problems of First & Third World

"Health Problems of First & Third World"

Affluent nations and developing countries experience different health problems.

Discuss the causes and effects of these health issues and suggest some possible solutions.

Good health is the most important gift that any person can have. People around the world strive to achieve and maintain good physical condition throughout their lives although health issues continue to exist throughout the world. Both people in first world and third world countries experience health problems, but there are some differences in the types of problems that these two differing groups of people endure.

In rich countries, lifestyle choices seem to have the greatest effect on health. It is true that the citizens of the developed world often have difficulty balancing work with other important aspects of living. For example, many people in the first world work long hours to finance a high standard of living. In some cases, it is not unusual for people to work 12 hours a day/ 7 days a week. The consequence of this is dangerous stress levels which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition, there are other people in affluent countries who choose to lead a sedentary lifestyle. These people are consumed by the digital media and rarely exercise. Obesity often results, which once again causes significant health problems related to the heart and other organs.

The poorer nations of the world face a different set of health issues. Firstly, people in impoverished countries often lack pure drinking water. This can result in serious diseases such as dysentery and cholera. Moreover, the citizens of the third world suffer from poor nutrition. The quality and quantity of food available to these people is often inadequate. Perhaps the biggest dilemma for the citizens of developing countries is that the aforementioned health issues are treated in sub-standard hospitals.

Solving the health problems of the world in general requires two different approaches, however, both involve educating the public. In the developed world people need to be more aware of the importance of a balanced lifestyle. In the developing world, an awareness of better nutrition is critical. These objectives are similar in the sense that they can both be achieved through government education programs.