Having many examples of new comers to the United States I can clearly see how their health is changed. And the way how it has changed is negative.
First of all let’s define “health” from an average person’s point of view. For almost everybody health is the reflection of his or her habits, which are eating preferences, physical exercises and living style. If we don’t take into account the Latino paradox, which is exceptional good physical and mental health among Hispanic immigrants with low income, for the rest of new immigrants their habits completely changes after crossing the border.
New lifestyle is dictated by circumstances like tight budget, lack of job opportunities and vague future. And here is a one interesting moment – it is really hard to get a first job in this country and it means no medical insurance until you get one. For people without medical insurance it is hard to track personal health, which is already under stress, to get vital information and foresee many deceases. Plus eating preferences are also impacted by the new eating style like fast food, enormous portions and unhealthy food components.
Basically for new immigrants it is very important to live through the first years very carefully and consciously because they are unprotected and at the same time under fire by many temptations.