In as a habit could lead to the individual

In the interview 2 individuals was asked various questions in relation
to both social class and health. When both interviews were asked “Why do you
think eating habits can have an impact on our health” the interviewer A
responded by saying that eating habits for instance eating unhealthy foods as a
habit could lead to the individual becoming over weight therefore developing
obesity. Fast food can lead to excess calorie and increases the risk of the
individual developing obesity due to the increased energy density of foods
(Mandal, 2017).  Likewise in response to
the second question “Do you think bad living conditions can influence our
health?” Interviewer A responded that living in bad conditions will make it
more probable for people suffer from ill health as they may develop sleep
deprivation which can take a toll on ones bodily condition. According to
(Eliot, 2014) living in bad conditioned homes could lead to damp and mould and
may be linked to respiratory problems, asthma and allergies. Furthermore they
could have poor energy efficiency in their homes as they may not afford to pay
for fuel costs in order to adequately heat their homes. Thirdly when being
asked “Why is the mortality rate higher in the lower class than in the upper
class?” Interviewer A believed that lower class individuals resort to acts such
as murder, drug dealing more and getting involved with the wrong people, thus
risking their livelihood. Lower class individuals also smoke more and exercise
less than the middle and upper classes which, may increase the likelihood of
them developing diseases. (Knott, 2015). Moreover in response to the question
“Do you think ethnicity contributes to the ill health amongst social groups?”
interviewer A stated that ethnicity can indicate how and where you were raised
which in turn determines the living conditions or eating habits. The rates of
smoking are higher for people who are born in the UK than those who were not
born in the UK (Lowth, 2015). Likewise Bangladeshi women 30% more probable to
have a long term illness that is limiting than white British women in London
(Lowth, 2015) which suggests that ethnicity can play a big part in health. Both
interviewees were also asked why they thought that lack of transport could
hinder social classes to achieve good health and which social class it was more
likely to effect. Interviewer A stated that a lack of transport makes it more
troublesome for individuals to find medical help in their area and elsewhere.
He said it will affect lower class individuals more as they may lack the
privilege to pay for private care.

 

Findings

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The research strategies that I’ve chosen are focus groups and
interviews. I’ve chosen interviews as I’ll be able to obtain various open ended
data that is qualitative. Doing interviews will give me information about the
interviewee. Those information’s may include the interviewee’s motivations,
attitudes, and the things that they remember (Eccles & Meyer).

 

One ethnic principle that I’ll include in my report is confidentiality
as it will enable the participants to keep their answers private from those
that are not taking participating. My research will be anonymous as it will
allow the participants to protect their identity, it will also not be vague. No
harm to individuals will also take place. This will prevent individuals from
experiencing physical harm, psychological distress and discomfort. 

 

The key concepts of my research are background and mortality rate.
Mortality rate is the measure of death in a population. Lower class individuals
are more likely to live in bad living conditions as it may consist of the
higher risks of accidents, overcrowding, damp, poor air quality and dangerous
hazards. Those things may lead to lower class individuals to have respiratory
problems (White, 2013) and can contribute to high mortality rate. Lower class
individuals are also more probable to work in dangerous working conditions.
Which influences mortality rate. 350,000 people die each year due to workplace
accidents (Mathers et al,2009). 37% of all back pain is due to occupational
factors (Mathers et al,2009). Ethnicity is a group where people identify with
each other based on their culture, religion, race and language. Black and
minority ethnic groups generally have the worst health in the overall
population and are more common to be in the lower class. This is because more
of them are immigrants from a country that is foreign and they may have moved
in with no wealth which could potentially affect their health.

 

My research question will be “What is your understanding on how
social class and health influence one another?”.  I decided to choose that question as social
class contributes to inequality of physical health amongst individuals .For
instance Males who live in the most deprived areas generally have a life
expectancy that is 9.0 years shorter than males who live in the least deprived
areas and females who live in the most deprived areas generally have a life
expectancy of 6.9 years shorter than females in the least deprived areas
(Lawrance,2015). This inhibits them to have access to healthy foods and relaying
more on foods that are rather unhealthy due to fast food outlets being more
situated in deprived areas. Individuals from the higher class however live in
less deprived areas and outlets where they sell healthier options are more
available.  For instance young children
who have parents who are very educated may tend not to miss eating their
breakfasts and obtain less calories from snacks (Hodgekiss 2015). They may
restrict their diets more and eating healthier foods such as fresh vegetables
in addition to fruits. Individuals from the lower class also have a much lower
income than higher class individuals as less of them are employed or get less
pay. This will make it more troublesome for lower class individuals to buy
necessities for themselves such as good food in order to promote good physical
health. Those in the higher class will have less difficulty obtaining good
health. Individuals from higher classes take part in leisure activity more than
individuals from lower classes.

 

Social class is a term which is used to describe individuals who have a
certain similarity or similarities in relation to their economic status as well
as their social status. To be more précised individuals in a particular social
class may have similar income levels, job opportunities, access to facilities
which may include health care provision settings, education, assess to
transportation and health (physical health and mental health). Social class is
a very important issue for many reasons. Firstly social class allows us to
understand why some individual’s in society are currently in poverty.
Individuals in the lower class often experience more poverty than individuals
from the higher class. Individuals in poverty tend to have resources that are
extremely limited (Commission of the European Communities 1991).  Likewise, those in poverty are very deprived
to the point where they are unable to obtain various things. Those may include
the conditions of life such as diets, amenities, standards and services which
would allow them to play the roles and participate in the relationships and
follow customary behaviour.  One way
societies can help people rise in social class is to initiated new enterprises,
like improved educational opportunities or technological advancements. When
this happens, the need for workers in higher-class jobs motivates and enables
people to move up in social class which can help them to escape poverty.
(Science for all Americans, p.90). DeAngles (2015:62) argues class affects
whether someone is going to be accepted into a particular kind of school, their
likelihood of succeeding in that school, the kinds of jobs they have access to,
the kinds of friends they will possibility make.

 

Introduction:

What
is your understanding on how social class and health can influence one another?

 

 

 

Researching
society: Qualitative Methods