Opinion: How social status affects your health (New York Times)

December 15, 2014

Christopher von Rueden, assistant professor of leadership studies, shares how low social status can negatively affect health.


WHAT is the relationship between social status and health?

This is a tricky question. In modern industrialized societies, health certainly improves as you move up the socioeconomic ladder, but much of that trend is a result of health care and lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity) that are associated with income — not relative social position per se.

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