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How poverty is killing us

John Millar and Laurel Rothman for iPolitics.ca on how poverty affects the health of us all, with those living in poverty bearing the brunt of it.

"Here’s what the evidence tells us. The stress of worrying about the basics of life lowers the body’s defences against disease. As a result, we see a higher and increasing prevalence of all diseases (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease, mental illness, addictions and others) among those who are worst-off, right across the income gradient."

Children who go to school hungry and whose parents are under constant stress tend not to learn well and so become discouraged and leave school early. They are often doomed to repeat the poverty cycle with low-paid work, chronic unemployment, and a greater likelihood of becoming involved in crime and drug addiction, as well as early pregnancy.
Data consistently show that poverty destroys opportunity and causes lower health outcomes. The poorer you are, the more likely you’ll die early.

 

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