Why Being Poor Is Bad for Your Health

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the second part of this week's installment of Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Dr. Benard Dreyer, Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, and Dr. Peter Muennig, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, discuss the impacts poverty has on cognitive development and overall health, especially in children, and what policies could improve health and mental health of children and families.


Benard Dreyer and Peter Muennig

Comments [7]

Amy from Manhattan

Leonard's comment about there being fewer poor (or any) girls in China reminded me of ex-Pres. Jimmy Carter's statement that in some societies (that don't actually kill baby girls), girls aren't fed as well as boys. It made me wonder if/how the difference shows up in their health.

Mar. 31 2014 01:45 PM
jgarbuz from Queen

Sure, single payer is great IFF you can get enough good, bright people to become doctors with the low wages. When I lived in Israel back in the '80s it was mostly single payer, and I as a lowly technical writer was making more money than some doctors were making. But Israel had a lot of Jewish doctors so that made it possible. But over time Israel has moved away from single-payer and closer to what we have now because single-payer has LOTS of problems, chief of which is getting enough good people to become doctors in the first place. There is a reason why so many doctors emigrated to come to America! Now we are taking down the very reasons for why many bright people are willing to become doctors in the first place.

Mar. 31 2014 01:45 PM
Amy from Manhattan

One of the guests mentioned effects of poverty on children's genes. What about epigenetic effects that are passed on to future generations?

Mar. 31 2014 01:41 PM
Kate from Brooklyn

When considering health and poverty in China, keep in mind that many of the poor rural people grow their own food. They eat fresh and organic from their own garden because they can't afford to buy it at the store!

Mar. 31 2014 01:40 PM
jf from corporate run dystopia

SINGLE PAYER could save the government 1.8 TRILLION dollars in ten years.
In japan going to the doctor is 100 times cheaper in the first place. Here no one questions medical prices but force everyone to pay hundreds of dollars a month for being healthy.

Mar. 31 2014 01:36 PM
Ed from Larchmont

From soon after conception. Interesting.

Mar. 31 2014 01:35 PM
jgarbuz from Queen

Well, economic subsistence once meant being two or three meals away from starvation, as with other animal species. Then the animal or human died. But in today's societies it means existing on cheap, non-nutritious, artificially refined "junk" foods. Foods that blow you up, make you sick, and throw you onto the taxpayer funded health care that bankrupts the national treasury.

Mar. 31 2014 01:30 PM

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