Life Expectancy

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Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 18/05/2018 - 8:00am in

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

May 17, 2018 Carol Graham (papers here, here, and here) on failing health and declining prospects among poor white people • Kristen Ghodsee, co-author of this article, on the vile uses of anti-communism

Women in the richest areas enjoy two decades more of healthy life than their poorer sisters. Welcome to unequal England

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/03/2015 - 11:05am in

A third of the population will not reach 60 in good health, new figures reveal. And it’s income, not lifestyle, to blame

New statistics from the ONS have revealed that women in the most deprived areas of England can expect to have 19 fewer years of healthy life than those in the most advantaged areas. For men, the figure isn’t much better, with a gap of over 18 years. To put that into perspective, those born in the poorest parts of England can now expect to live the same, or fewer, healthy years as someone born in war-torn Liberia, Ethiopia or Rwanda. And a third of people in England won’t reach 60 in good health.

The temptation, as always, is to assume that those at the bottom eat poorly, do little exercise, drink a lot and take drugs. In short, it’s their fault. But 94% of people on low incomes don’t take drugs, and people in the richest fifth are actually twice as likely to drink heavily than those in the poorest fifth. Inconvenient as this may be to some, there isn’t some inherent character flaw that only afflicts the poor.

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