Interrelationships between Health and Culture
In this report I will discuss some of the effects culture has on its people. As Americans we tend to associate the quality of life and health to be higher in countries that are more technologically-economically advanced. However, this isn’t always the case. There are some places in the world (as listed below) where even though they might not be as prosperous as countries like America or Britain, they are healthier and happier.
The inhabitance on the Greek island of Ikaria, are three times more likely to reach the age of ninety years than their counterparts in the United States of America (Blue Zones Ikaria, 2014), and on ...view middle of the document...
Because these people maintain there culture throughout many generations, they are able to continue living a healthier lifestyle than the majority of people today.
Okinawa, Japan, the land of the immortals. How does and island that has been invaded by both the Chinese and the Japenese, still boast some of the worlds longest-lived people (Blue Zones Okinawa, 2014)? Similar to Ikaria, Greece, the people of Okinawa have less cancer, hearth disease, and dementia than Americans. When processed and high calorie foods made their way to Okinawa and were consumtion, the level of lower aged islanders started to rise, the parents of this genereation started to outlive their children (Blue Zones, Okinawa, 2014). A common pratcice in the native culture is to only eat till they are eighty percent full. This eighty percent consumtion consists of “a heaping plate of Okinawan vegitables, tofu, miso soup, and a little fish or meat” (Buettner, 2005). Another very important factor of the Okinawan culture and contribution to their health, is the importance they place in tending and maintining...