There are several ways to interpret that question. If one lives or works near a coal or an asbestos mine, their environment has a very likely chance to cause detrimental health issues later in life. Black lung from coal mines and asbestosis from mining asbestos is a problem in many towns with those two resources nearby.
If someone grew up in the mountains, relatively secluded from a large number of people with only a small town nearby, they probably would have a hard time adjusting to life in a large city. That person would be used to trusting most everyone and being able to count on the community for support. An urban setting would quickly prove that people enjoy their privacy and anonymity. The person’s entire view of human nature may be skewed because of their rural upbringing.
Strictly physically speaking, one’s childhood environment affects the bodies development and response to their environment later in life. For example, a series of studies were conducted on children growing up in the Los Angeles area where smog and air pollution is high. Measuring the different concentrations of pollutants in the areas showed children suffered similar health issues due to air pollution. Namely, their lung development was either stunted or functioned below average due to exposure to these pollutants. Many developed life long issues including asthma. Conversely, if the children were moved to an area with better air quality their lungs were able to repair themselves at least partially. By age 18, it is unlikely lung function and capacity will change very much as the lungs are finished developing. Therefore, a child’s environment has a much greater effect on their health than it would on an adult whose body is finished developing.
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