People in Rural Areas Experience Better Health Than Those in Urban Areas

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People in rural areas experience better health than those in urban areas. Compare and contrast the social constructs of these populations.

The people living in urban and rural areas have varying social constructs for health and physical activity. This is due to the different social circumstances of the community and the location of which they live in. People living in rural areas- living in a characteristic of farming or country life, in comparison to urban dwellers- Of or belonging to a city or town often have insufficient access to health services, recreational facilities, exposed to harsher environments and have relatively poor health education. Rural communities often have good social and spiritual health. While people living in
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Thus preventing them from diseases and making their physical and mental health in excellent condition.

Socioeconomic status is another aspect that impacts on physical activity and health in urban and rural areas. Within the Australian society there is an unequal distribution of social and economical wealth and power. People living in rural areas are often associated with have lower socioeconomic status than those living in urban areas. In accordance to the 2001 National Health Survey, people living in rural areas have an increased vulnerability to diseases, they live shorter lives and have more risk factors contributing to ill health such as smoking, low fruit and vegetable intake and exercise less. Also people living in rural areas experience emotional disadvantages due to their socioeconomic status; Suffer from low self esteem, a loss of sense of control, insecurities in social networks and feelings of vulnerability, bitterness and resentment. These emotional struggles could impact on an individual’s mental health and physical health as they are less motivated. Also neighbourhoods in lower socioeconomic class are often deemed ‘unsafe’ so people are less likely to go outside to participate in physical activity. People living in higher economical neighbourhoods experience good mental and physical health from being financially stable. They are able to receive a good education about health and afford frequent health check ups. This health…

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