According to recent statistics, 80.7 percent of Americans live in urban areas, and more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. From various types of pollution to crime to overcrowding, the urban environment can have massive impacts on our physical, psychological, and social health and well-being. Moreover, while certain aspects of living in a city, such as access to health care, can improve the lives of many, other factors can have detrimental effects and can lead to inequalities along racial and socioeconomic lines.
Urban Health Issues: Exploring the Impacts of Big-City Living examines 23 key issues related to urban health, exploring their causes and consequences in depth and highlighting what cities and individuals can do to safeguard the well-being of urban residents. It also draws comparisons between cities in the United States and the industrialized world and those in poor and developing nations, providing important global insights. The material is brought to life by fascinating city case studies and illuminating interviews with experts working in a variety of fields.
- Focuses on an area of public health that is of increasing importance, as urbanization rates continue to rise around the world
- Provide real-world insights for readers through interviews with experts working in urban areas across the globe
- Illustrates in city case studies how particular metropolitan areas around the world are working to address particular urban health issues
- Offers readers living in cities practical suggestions for staying healthy and avoiding urban hazards such as air and noise pollution