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    Social status key to a healthy life?

    Jun 9, 2004

    A rotten job and lack of friends can cut years off your life, an expert has claimed.

    Professor Michael Marmot gathered evidence from around the world showing that the higher up the social ladder people are, the longer they are likely to live.

    The rule even applies in Hollywood. A study in the United States showed that Oscar winners lived an average of four years longer than trophyless actors and actresses.

    Lack of control and poor opportunities for social engagement were the two most important life-limiting factors, said Professor Marmot, from University College London.

    They could be as hazardous to a person's health as a fatty diet and smoking.

    Both were linked to low socio-economic status.

    The most stressful jobs were known to be those in which workers have little control over what they are doing.

    Being poor made it more difficult to have a rewarding social life.

    Professor Marmot, one of the world's leading epidemiologists and public health experts, carried out research in the 1970s looking at how social status affected the health of civil servants.

    The Whitehall Studies showed that staff on the higher civil service grades suffered fewer illnesses and lived longer.

    Professor Marmot has since found similar patterns in research carried out in the US, Sweden, Russia, the Mediterranean, India, Japan and Australia.

    His theories are published in a new book entitled Status Syndrome.

    "People usually think it's either medical care or smoking and diet that determine lifespan," said Professor Marmot. "These things are important, but the evidence shows that they are only part of the story."

    Research in Sweden had shown that life expectancy there was directly proportional to people's level of education.

    "PhDs lived longer than people with master's degrees, and masters lived longer than bachelors," said Professor Marmot.

    One of the starkest illustrations of how lifespan is linked to social status came from the United States, he said.

    It could be seen by taking a 20-km subway ride from poor, black downtown Washington DC to the rich white suburbs of Montgomery County.

    Between the start and end of the journey, life expectancy rose by 20 years. The poor blacks of Washington DC lived to an average age of just 57, whereas the average lifespan of the richer whites was 76.7.

    "Position in the social hierarchy is clearly related to health, well being and length of life," said Professor Marmot. "There are two crucial factors - how much control you have over your life, and opportunities for full social engagement."

    Professor Marmot said hierarchies could never be abolished from society, but it was important to be aware of how they can affect health.

    He said there were four areas to which society should be paying particular attention.

    These were early child development, improving the work place, developing more socially cohesive communities, and providing the elderly with more opportunities for social participation.

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      Research in Sweden had shown that life expectancy there was directly proportional to people's level of education.

      "PhDs lived longer than people with master's degrees, and masters lived longer than bachelors," said Professor Marmot.


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      The sea is wide for the fish
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      We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
      We can only express our nature as it was created.

      The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
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      Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

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        • #5
          the reason y education is linked to longer life expectancy is bcz longer periods of education keep the brain stimulated, buffering against dementia and so forth (only up to a degree tho..pardon the pun :p )
          You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

          ~Ibn Al-Jawzee

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