Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Bad Sugar/Place Matters

Season 1, Episode 3 of 4

"Bad Sugar" travels to the O'odham Indian reservations of southern Arizona where residents are marked not just by poverty but with the dubious distinction of perhaps the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the world. While public attention has been focused on risky behaviors and genes, evidence increasingly points to a link between chronic disease and "futurelessness." The program also looks at a new approach to health - one rooted in communities regaining control over their destiny. In many poor inner cities like Richmond, California, recent Southeast Asian immigrants and Latinos are moving into what have been neglected black urban neighborhoods - and now their health is being eroded, too. What policies and investment decisions create neighborhood environments that harm - or benefit - the health of residents? And what actions can make a difference?

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