Commentary on "Trends in Cigarette Smoking Obesity in Appalachian Kentucky"
AbstractIn this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Schoenberg and colleagues not only explore the role of smoking and obesity in mortality and morbidity rates in Appalachian Kentucky but they also present a case that further supports the need for analyzing health problems with socio-ecological lenses.1 This is particularly true in marginalized populations that experience prejudice, discrimination, and racism; barriers to education, public services, and decent housing; and the burden of underemployment, inequalities, and isolation. Marginalized populations experience considerable health disparities that undermine our communities and these disparities can be addressed only through more integrated approaches that include effective responses to their pressing individual, social, environmental, and economic needs.
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