Income inequality is being uncovered in health care and life expectancy data.
“I believe income inequality rivals smoking and obesity in terms of its effects on overall health,” Leigh told The Nation’s Health
The most direct way to measure the health impacts of income disparity may be by looking at life expectancy.
“the study found that the gap in life expectancy between the richest 1 percent and poorest 1 percent was more than 14 years for men and more than a decade for women.” – The Nation’s Health
Considering the money spent on curtailing deaths from smoking and obesity, health care organizations are realizing that addressing poverty is as important as addressing tobacco and eating disorders. Income inequality is not restricted to economic debates.
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