HealthEducation Looking Ahead Unit 1
Thereare numerous health care issues that have emerged in the last twocenturies. Additionally, there are social factors that have impactedon the ability of the health care systems to effectively communicateand address these health care issues. Accessibility to health care isa major issue in the modern health care systems. The ability of anindividual to access medical services from a qualified medical workeror a health care facility has a huge impact on an individual’shealth. According to HealthyPeople.gov, a quarter of American doesnot have access to regular medical care services from a primarymedical practitioner or a care center. This is largely affected bythe large number of Americans who have no access to health careinsurance. It is estimated that one out of five Americans aged below65 years do not have a medical insurance. Due to the increased costof health care services in the modern world, individuals withoutmedical insurance are more likely to skip basic medical care and thusincreased health risks. This suggests that increasing healthinsurance coverage is an essential step towards improvingaccessibility to health care services (HealthyPeople.gov).
Anothermajor issue related to health care services in the modern society isthe role of nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Due to changesin lifestyles in the modern society, people are more likely toconsumer bad diet, have less physical activities and thus haveunhealthy body weight. According to Health People.gov, good diet,physical activity and health body weight is associated with decreasedrisks of serious health conditions such as “highblood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke,and cancer”. Studies suggest that majority of Americans consume abad diet and are less physically active. For example, less than athird of all adult Americans consume less vegetables per day comparedto the recommended portions. Additionally, over 80 percent do notengage in basic physical activities. As a result, obesity has evolvedinto one of the most important health care problems in the UnitedStates and the world. It is estimated that about 34 percent of alladults and 16 percent of all children and adolescent in the UnitedStates are obese. This predisposes the modern society to a wide rangeof terminal illnesses associated with obesity (HealthyPeople.gov).
Thereare several factors that have an impact on the ability of the healthcare systems to deal with some of the health challenges in the modernsociety. Social and economic disparities are the most importantfactors that have an impact on accessibility to health care servicesas well as duet and lifestyle. Health communication that does notaddress these disparities has less impact in dealing with the healthcare challenges. For example, statistics indicates that obesity ismore prevalent in low income families since they cannot affordhealthier lifestyles. The same group has lower insurance coverage andthus reduced accessibility to health care services (Harrington,2014). Lifestyle related terminal diseases will be the most importanthealth care challenge in the near future. The American society isaging, as the booby boomers attain the age of 65 years. The risk ofterminal diseases is influenced by the age of the individual.Additionally, diet and lifestyle induced obesity accelerate the onsetof majority of terminal diseases. As more obese Americans get aged,the health risks of unhealthy lifestyles and obesity will hit theAmerican health care system hard (Ahmad & Imam, 2015).
Ahmad,S. & Imam, S. (2015). Obesity:A Practical Guide,New York: Springer.
Harrington,N. (2014). HealthCommunication: Theory, Method, and Application,New York: Routledge.