In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes

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Raegan

I never realized how much social status really did affect your health. I thought it was interesting exploring the different districts and their lifestyles and how they live. It really shows how it can be affected by different stress, food, and environments. It was so surprising seeing the ...Read more

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Rochelle

I had known that different income levels could affect your health but I didn't understand to what degree. This video put in to perspective just how big the income gap is between wealthy and poor. It was also interesting to see how the different parts of Louisville were affected by different ...Read more

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Alayna

I thought it was interesting how they addressed how having a high demand occupation, but having more control in your work setting in comparison to an occupation with high demand, but low control in your work setting could have better health benefits due to the stress be manageable. I don't ...Read more

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Aleksei

Before watching this, I was completely unaware that income levels could directly affect a person's health. I knew that those with a lower income had less access to health care which would then affect a person's health. However it had not occurred to me that the stress associated with certain ...Read more

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Scott

I think when they said that our country is "classless", it was meant as though everyone has the ability to move into a different class. The tribulations that each person face to achieve it is different and some have a more difficult path, but each person has the ability to try. Every major ...Read more

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Eric

It was interesting when they brought up the idea that we all think our country is "classless" saying that our people are not officially divided into different social classes, but this just sort of happens anyways in our society. This division causes lots of differences in the health our our ...Read more

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Kristen

I found this very interesting especially as I have a certificate in public health, and live close to Louisville. It's pretty well known that how wealthy you are determines how healthy you are. And it's not just one single thing that determines your socio-economic status, but rather a whole ...Read more

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Justin

I am glad I watched this video because I always knew there was a correlation of disease with social class but I did not know the statistics. I did not realize the difference between upper middle class and lower middle class. Wealth and social class definetly does play a big role in the ...Read more

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Tori

This video was very interesting. It is well known that people of higher socio-economic statuses often have better health. They can afford better healthcare, and they do not live with the amount of daily stress that those in the lower statuses have when worrying about how there family can ...Read more

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Jeanna

This video was interesting to me because it pointed out basically what all the other videos were saying. At the end of watching all these videos one could conclude that how wealthy you are determines the life you are going to live. Someone who is poor will not have access to the health ...Read more

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Tina

When they were discussing the different neighborhoods and its characteristics of Louisville, I couldn't help but relate it to Indianapolis. Similar ideals are in place even in different cities and states. There are affluent parts of Indianapolis and poorer parts of Indianapolis and it is ...Read more

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Hayley

This video was very interesting to me because I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and lived near there for most of my life. So when the video was talking about where the highest rates and the lowest rates where in Louisville, I knew exactly where they were talking about.

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Richard

This video was very interesting to me. It was both surprising and frightening to see how strong an impact income levels have on health. It re-emphasizes the importance of finding health policies that will support the poor in society.

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Lydia

I always thought that if you were higher up in work status, let's say a CEO of a company, you were at a higher risk of health problems just because of the amount of stress I know they endure. It was very shocking for me to find out that it's actually the complete opposite. Very eye opening ...Read more

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Carole

The bar graph showing various disease and mortality in relation to income was staggering. Even when you know the information, there's something more impactful to see it plainly and clearly like that.

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Anna

I found this video to bring to life what we have learned about social determinants of health. To see that there can be such a large gap in income and life expectancy between different districts that do now seem to be that far away is somewhat shocking.

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Taylor

I never really thought about how much money you make determines how long you live but it makes sense. If you have money you have the resources to get better. If you don't have money then you are limited in what you can do when you are sick or injured.

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Allison

I was very interested to learn the existing cortisol in the human body can become harmful when chronically stressed. Stress leads to cortisol affecting blood glucose levels in the body; creating a link between chronically stressed people and diabetes.

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Clayton

I found the section of the video that discussed prolonged affects of cortisol particularly interesting. I knew that high amounts of stress over long periods of time was detrimental to health, but not to the extent discussed in the video.

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Jelena

This video was a true depiction of how socioeconomic factors play a role in the status of one's health. Although it was no surprise to me, I still find it upsetting that an individual who lives in a poor stricken area has such a higher risk of developing health problems.

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jensen

Very interesting video. While it makes sense that people of a higher position and socioeconomic status have better health due to lesser stress levels, it contradicts what we have always been told that type A personalities (such as CEOs) have higher risk for heart disease. It is amazing the ...Read more

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Melinda

I am saddened by the idea that someone has to eat 1 meal a day to make sure their children get enough to eat.

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Dymon

It was very intersting to see how our lives can so easily affect our health. I thought it was crazy that someone who lives near poverty level can live almost 10 years less than someone who lives closer to higher class. I thought it was amazing how the woman said she reduces herself to one ...Read more

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Krisha

Interesting to see the affects that stress has on the brain. I enjoyed that the video gave many examples of individuals with different socioeconomic statuses and their resulting health statuses.

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Garrett

It is amazing to see the specific examples that are unaware by most that this video gives on the distribution of wealth and health. It's not shocking, which is why this video is sad and the problems within need to be addressed in a expedited manner. I also thought it was interesting that ...Read more

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Sarah

With this video showing the lives and health of different individuals who fall on different areas on the socioeconomic ladder, it doesn't surprise me that the wealthier you are, the better off your health is. This video really showed how money gets you different/more opportunities in life. ...Read more

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Carson

This video talks about how social determinants can be bad for health. If you are weather than the better access you have to healthcare and food that can be healthier for you. Also if you are not at the top of the hierarchy your stress levels are higher and your health declines

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Brittny

This video brought to light many issues in health that most people do not consider. I knew before watching that socioeconomic status was a factor in health but this video clearly shows how much of an impact it has. Also it talks a lot about stress and health. Stress is something that everyone ...Read more

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Shaquayla

This video reflects the already known fact that higher social economic status will result in better health and more variety as access to healthcare. Throughout the video were statistics that showed the differences of life expectancy within certain social classes; I was amazed at how some ...Read more

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alexandrea

basically, this video is stating that as long as you have money then you are going to live longer than those who are not as wealthy. that shouldn't be the case since some people cant really control the lifestyle they are born in. if anything health care needs to be affordable so those who are ...Read more

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Fatima

I have heard any things about social classes and the behaviors that are experienced that tend to affect individuals in these environments. Our health status is usually determined by our social class which is a big social and health determinant. One thing that really has a lot of affect on an ...Read more

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Suzan

honestly I wasn't surprised that rich people are healthier. But what really surprised me is that a person's life expectancy is determent by the income. For me it was shocking and i felt that it is totally unfair for the people because they didn't chose the life style that they were bon in.

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Allysen

There is a strong correlation between the power you have in your employment position and the power you have over your health. The more power you have in employment most likely means the more income you bring in allowing you access to more resources to control your health outcome. The place ...Read more

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Kelli

Before watching the video I understood that education had a major impact over health, but I did know much about how income impacts health (other than very few limited observations). It was really interesting to learn how the stress of your position, the neighborhood in which you live, and ...Read more

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Waseem

I wasn't stunned to see that the richer a person is, the less stress they deal with hence a higher life expectancy. That being said, it is very sad. I was stunned to learn that our generation might be the first one who lives less years then our parents' generation.

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Marissa

In all honesty, it doesn't surprise me that wealthier people live healthier lives. I find it sad that one's life expectancy can be determined by income and available resources, our lives shouldn't be determined by our income.

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Tressa

It is not surprising to me at all when stated that people of higher wealth have lower chances of getting diseases. This makes sense because they have more access to healthcare. But its truly amazing how many people don't have access to healthcare.

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Hannah

This is incredibly eye-opening. After watching this enlightening video, there needs to be extensive policy changes in order to promote the accumulation of resources to deal with the stressors of daily life. The United States spend the most money on healthcare per capita, yet still ranks 30th ...Read more

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Brittany

The distribution of power, wealth, and resources greatly impact the quality and quantity of health opportunities; where the distribution is greater, typically the healthcare opportunities are stronger and greater; thus leads to more opportunities for individuals.

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Sierra

This is not surprising to me at all. It goes along with what I have learned in my health promotion class. I liked how they showed different studies of monkeys and the effects of stress.

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Ashliee

This film educated me on the fact that if cortisol levels stay high they can impair immune system responses, inhibit memory, and causes areas of the brain to shrink

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Trinaty

Honestly, this does not surprise me at all. However, it is still alarmingly upsetting. I also thought the fact that most of the poverty stricken population is white. Often we hear the opposite. However, the risk of these health conditions are still elevated in African Americans. So, it was ...Read more

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Courtney

I was not surprised when they stated that wealthier people have less of a chance of a disease when compared to people with the same predispositions to the disease but if a lower status. Wealthier people can afford not only regular physician check ups, but also medical treatment, fresh ...Read more

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Shana

It really struck me to see how big of a difference resources can make on health. It is much more difficult for people in the lower class to be healthy because they do not have the means or the time to prepare healthy meals or exercise. The area that they live in may not be safe enough to ...Read more

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Breea

I thought that this video was very interesting and eye opening. I have always thought that socioeconomic statuses correlate with health statuses and it definitely proves that theory. I also like how they brought up the "control of destiny" its a valid point that not a lot of people like to ...Read more

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Kori

This was a very eye opening video. I have been to Louisville many times, and I have definitely noticed the divides in the city.

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Megan

I feel that this video throughly described the implications of wealth on health. I loved the analogies, the examples, the speakers like the doctor from Louisville. It made me think a lot about Indianapolis and the socioeconomic differences that I see.

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Derek

Very drawn out, but informative. Felt like this could have been presented with the same info in half the time.

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Javier Rubio

I liked very much the way the relationship between income security and stress was presented: without a dramatic tone, but firmly and well documented.

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Nkem

It was very enlightening.

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