How Social Class Affects Health

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All over the world status hierarchy and social class are a common concept of how well we live our lives, however they affect our lives more than we think. Social class can affect many things such as education, opportunities presented to us, economic factors, and even our health. Recently socioeconomic status effects on health has become a more popular topic of discussion but is nothing new to researchers. “Research on socioeconomic inequalities in health in the UK has a long history. In the early part of the 20th century the British government introduced questions on occupation in the decennial census. This allowed researchers to examine health outcomes by social class.” (Knott, Dr Laurence). Researchers have discovered social class can …show more content…

Social class is determined by many things such as status, culture, employment, background, and wealth, along with other factors. Being in a certain class affects your health and even the type of health care you receive. Males in a higher social class live on average 9 years longer than males in more deprived areas or lower social classes and are in “good health” for 85 percent of their lives compared to 70 percent (Knott, Dr Laurence..). I believe social class affects health because of things such as living conditions, lack of resources for health care and education, and that lower class people prefer and are fine with less healthy lifestyles. People in higher classes are usually very successful and motivated in most aspect of life while people in lower classes may not be. I don’t think there is much we can do to resolve this problem as most of these problems are dependent on each person’s life choices and not much will change if we cannot fix this problem. Why social class has such a big on health will always be a question and I dont think theres an exact answer for it.
There are believed to be many reason why social class affects health. One of these reasons are the bad habits or addictions that are associated with the lower class. One of the biggest habits or addictions most commonly associated with the lower class is smoking. An article from the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (Levinson, Arnold H. )Is

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