Why Health Education needs a Serious Reform in the United States
The United States is in a health crisis. Not only is their insurance-based health system cutting out people from getting the care they need, but their education of personal health, sexual health and nutritional health is beyond lacking.
There are many reasons why the educational systems in American are failing. The fault is often on an industrial scale of the whole country, rather than specific to each school and state.
The health system is failing to educate the typical American of the dangers within the foods they are consuming. This is more a sad by-product of the capitalist system that dominates both the health and food industry. America is leading in obesity across the globe. And it is not just obesity that is the problem. Many people are very skinny yet still unhealthy to a dangerous degree. The amount of sugar and grease in their food is causing heart issues and seemingly people across the country are unaware. A drastic change needs to be made so people are more food conscious and aware of what they are putting into their bodies.
Another reason their health education systems need reforming is so people will be more aware of the range, variety and severity of the illnesses that can strike people. So many American are ill-informed about illnesses to the point that they fear anyone with it. Illnesses like Aids or Cancer are prime examples. So many Americans are unaware of what these illnesses actually are or how they work. This leaves them with a prejudice against those suffering from them.
The sad truth of the matter is, due to the lack of education around these illnesses, it falls to other companies and charities to raise awareness through methods such as fundraises and selling cancer bracelets to raise funds for research. While this is positive, there needs to be major changes made to the way people are educated to avoid these issues.
As education on physical wellbeing and illnesses increases, the strain that is put on hospital and medical professionals will go down meaning those who need medical care desperately are more likely to receive it. Resources that are currently being squandered will become more available and people will, in general, be able to keep themselves healthier overall by making simple changes in their day to day life.