Upward Socioeconomic Mobility Improves Health
Earning money is not just about earning money for its sake: Socioeconomic status and well-being are interwoven. Without financial stability, total health is not possible. Vice-versa is true as well: the better health someone is in the better they may be able to perform in a job, all while teaching their children better health habits so they too might have the tools to succeed.
Dec 4, 2020Updated 7 days ago
Having the time to focus on eating right, reducing stress, and getting exercise gives people an overall better quality of life.
Studies have found that a higher income correlates to better overall well-being. Or, as the American Psychological Association puts it: "wealth secures health."
That's because having a low income correlates with a lower ability to buy nutritional food, or to have the time or money to exercise. It's also psychological: struggling to make ends meet every month puts a mental strain on people that actually damages their physical health.
A whole host of factors can affect someone's socioeconomic class and their resulting health, from their gender and sexual orientation, to their ethnicity.
"We've often chosen to focus on either ethnicity or class rather than on the interaction between the two," said Hector F. Myers, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles. "We've become a lot more sophisticated in our thinking recently."
John agrees with this fact based on:
Better access to medicine and stress reduction improves people's lives greatly.
The Influence Of Income On Health: Views Of An Epidemiologist, Health Affairs, Michael Marmot, March/April 2002
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