Thursday, September 17, 2009

The problem of poverty

Yet another telling news snippet .

Children who grow up poor are more likely to get chronic diseases later in life.That's the conclusion of a new study by a team of researchers at the University of B.C., which has found that early life experience is a key predictor of health challenges 50 or 60 years down the road. And even though the poor person may have climbed up the social ladder, the negative health consequences can still show up.
People who grow up with low social status in early childhood have a greater risk of getting heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

"What happens to people in their early years of life have long-standing and far-reaching consequences," Co-author Gregory Miller, associate professor of psychology at UBC, said

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