What Are The Main Barriers To Good Health And Well Being?

Many different communities around the world face barriers and hurdles that may prevent them from maintaining over health and well being within their day to day lives. Many of these can be overcome but they have to be properly highlighted before any real and meaningful change can occur overall.

Poverty And Inequality

Two of the biggest factors that affect peoples health and well being around the world are poverty and inequality. Poverty and inequality have a significant effect on people’s health as it restricts their overall access to healthcare as well as services that could improve their quality of life overall.

Poverty also restricts what people can eat in terms of their diet. Often especially in western countries fast food and junk food is cheaper than regular healthy food. This means that people from poorer backgrounds may often choose this kind of food as it is better value. However it can have a detrimental effect on people’s health overall and damage their health in the long term.

Inequality often stems from poverty and this means that people who are in poverty cannot access the same levels of medical care or diets that people from more well off backgrounds can. In countries such as the US healthcare is a paid service and often this creates divides between rich and poor communities.


Lack Of Awareness

Another key factor which highlights the barriers to overall good health and well being is lack of awareness. Lack of awareness about health and well being can be fatal if it continues to persist with communities around the world. Many communities across the world struggle with obesity levels as well as poor general health as the population has simply not been educated on the subject.

In order to properly address the issue overall it is essential that local governments as well as educational institutions highlight the issue of health and well being and spread awareness about it as much as possible in order to drive change.

How Can Positive Change In These Areas Be Achieved?

There are a range of different ways in which change can be achieved to improve peoples overall access to health and social care services. One of the main ways in which peoples access could be improved overall is through government funded campaigns/programmes.

Organising public health schemes as well as improving local facilities for fitness could help to greatly improve the local populations overall general health. Real world results as well as studies have shown that this is a verifiable and realistic way of driving change overall.

Another important way in which change can be driven within this area is through celebrity endorsements of health eating / active lifestyles. This can help motivate people to alter their diet or take on more exercise in order to improve their overall health.


Overall to conclude there are a number of different points that can be observed about good health and well-being overall. Clearly good health and well-being require a lot of effort as well as time. It is essential that awareness is raised about these issues so that they can be highlighted to people.

Before any sizeable change can be seen in overall health improvements globally, first the issues of poverty and inequality within societies need to be tackled head on.