Further education gives a longer life - research
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Anyone with a university education will on average live almost five years longer than those not finishing high school a new Swedish research show.
The research also specifically show that health inequalities in increasing and driven by the fact that people with better education know how to live a more healthy and fulfilling life style than those who are not.
There has been much discussion recently that the population (Swedish) are becoming healthier and living longer, but that has not been spread to all the facets of the society. A new compiled research in a book on the subject shows that the health inequality between different social groups in the country is increasing.
“As a highly educated, they have a greater chance of making the right choice. If you are on high income you’ll have a better opportunity to choose the right foods and go on holiday, but there is also evidence that different groups can be treated differently by health care,” says Susanna Toivanen, one of the book's editors to Swedish television.
She believes that many of the choices we make - exercising, eating right, smoking, drinking – are all aspects that are located in the structures of society. The one with university education is expected to live almost five years longer than those not finishing high school.
The general view on this is that with a proper education ne is able to have access to better behavioural factors, “it is better to ensure that everyone has the training and that there are jobs for everyone,” says Susanna Toivanen.
And most importantly, says Susanna, is to give all children a good start in life.
“The conditions under which we live in childhood also affect our health in adulthood and later in old age,” says Susanna Toivanen.
By Scancomark.se Team