Glossary Post 2

de·ple·tion

 

dəˈplēSH(ə)n/
noun
reduction in the number or quantity of something.
“the depletion of the ozone layer”
scar·ci·ty
ˈskersədē/
noun
the state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.
“a time of scarcity”
supply and demand
phrase of supply
  1. the amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.
    “by the law of supply and demand the cost of health care will plummet”

I don’t know that I fully understand depletion in the context of consumer public health. But since it’s a question for our final, I thought I’d try and figure it out. So, when I think of depletion I think of a reduction in goods and services. Maybe a scarcity of doctors in rural areas, or a scarcity of jobs. But it’s hard to think beyond that, I mean in our society there is no shortage of food, of healthy food, junk food, diabetes, overweight Americans, violence, mental and physical illnesses. So, what does depletion have to do with it? Really? Are we lacking information? I don’t think so since we have adequate access to information, we just have to filter it. Are we lacking human services, like health care, and mental health facilities–yes! Maybe depletion isn’t the question–maybe it’s the answer?  Maybe reducing the supply of sugar, and alcohol could be a solution to some of our present health epidemics? Maybe reducing the supply for harmful goods, services, and entertainment would reduce their demand? Or maybe I missed the mark. All definitions were pulled from a simple Google search.

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