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Walking very unequal paths

The issue of health affects us all and is dependent on four broad factors: human biology, environmental factors, lifestyle, and the quality of healthcare services available. However, the ways in which these factors affect individuals and communities varies widely depending on where we live.  

Most of us in the developed world can expect in the average year just minor sufferings caused by flu and cold viruses, but in developing countries serious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and measles are the norm.  

A major environmental factor affecting people’s health is water quality, especially the health of infants and children. Again there is a stark contrast here: clean water is something we in the West take for granted, yet 1 in 6 of the world’s population do not have access to clean drinking water.  

When it comes to lifestyle, an inactive and ‘junk-food culture’ lifestyle may lead to obesity in the rich countries of the world; living in a slum and trying to make a living by rummaging though a rubbish tip may lead to malnutrition (already in glossary see Food) and illness in poor countries. Around 133 million people are categorized as overweight in the United States while 140 million children are classified as underweight in the developing world. Yet even within countries where hunger is common there are problems of obesity: overweight is a common problem for middle and upper class people in India for example.  

As for healthcare, health services in developed countries offer all kinds of treatments and medications which prolong life for as long as possible. But people in developing countries often don’t even have access to basic healthcare with painful and long-term suffering often the result.