Numbers Don't Lie

Friday, December 22, 2006

Poor people in rich neighborhoods have higher death rates

Are people living in a high socioeconomic status neighborhood all well off? It turned out that when poor people living in a rich neighborhood, their risk of death increase. According to a study spanning 17 years, 1.9% of low socioeconomic status women who lived in wealthier neighborhoods had died of heart disease, compared with 1.1% of women from poorer neighborhoods. (the trend was the same in men, but less dramatic). That is 73% increase on the death rate.
The reason? 1) cost of living in an rich neighborhood could leave poor people with little income to spend on health care and healthy food; 2) poor people get reminded every day that they're at the bottom of the social ladder. This psychological and social discrepancy have an negative effect on a person's health.

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6 Comments:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing to be thankful for this Christmas - I don't live in a rich neighborhood.

2:12 AM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"2) poor people get reminded every day that they're at the bottom of the social ladder. This psychological and social discrepancy have an negative effect on a person's health."

I disagree. The reason they live in a rich neighborhood is so they don't have this reminder.

10:17 AM

 

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