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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

" map of deaths from heart disease reveals the American South ablaze in red; of the 10 states with the highest rate of death from heart disease among white people in 2010, all but two are below the Mason-Dixon line.
To Richard Steckel, an Ohio State University economist, that striking pattern raises a seemingly outlandish, but utterly serious question: Could the heavy toll of heart disease in the American South today have been triggered, in part, by the region's rapid rise out poverty since the 1950s? In a new paper, Steckel argues that decades of poverty caused by the Civil War shaped people's organs and physiology in a way that left them particularly unsuited for a cushy life. The current health disparities in the South, Steckel says, developed as Southerners encountered more prosperous lifestyle than their bodies were prepared for, including more food and less manual labor.
"Several generations of poverty from the Civil War onwards: You had mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, whose offspring I won't say learned but received signals, anticipating a lean world," Steckel said. "The Civil War is not over. Intergenerational ripples of the Civil War are still with us in the South."…"
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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

Health is heavily determined by socio-economic factors

As well, the traditional Southern diet is probably not helpful

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

Agree!


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