What is the cultural explanation of inequalities in health?
The cultural explanation sees the relationship between social class and health as casual. However, cultural explanation sees heath as the dependent variable. This viewpoint sees the social class difference in health as the result of lifestyle and behavior, i.e. the consumption of harmful products like alcohol and tobacco, not exercising or utilizing preventive health care, i.e. vaccinations. 70% of the poorest teens are more likely to visit A&E than their wealthier counterparts. In a single-parent family, the cultural explanation would view the behaviors and lifestyle choices of some families as the cause for their poor health. An example of these behaviors and lifestyle choices in low-income families are due to unemployment. Lack of finance causes these families to eat cheaper foods like fast food as healthier food choices that provide nutrients and contribute to better health cost more resulting in low-income families having a poorer diet compared to the wealthier ones. Some members of low-income families have been taking drugs and alcohol for long periods of time which will cause their health to physically deteriorate which will result in diseases that could lead to death like liver cancer. The National Bureau of economic research reports that people that have been diagnosed with mental illness, 64 % used alcohol and 84% used cocaine.