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Social injustice is poisoning the health of the general public

2022-01-24T11:46:02.816Z

What is "health inequality"? According to the definition of the World Health Organization, "health is physical, psychological and social well-being, not just a state of freedom from disease or debilitating disease"; and different population groups are affected by different factors



What is "health inequality"?

According to the definition of the World Health Organization, "health is physical, psychological and social well-being, not just a state of freedom from disease or debilitating disease"; and the disparities in health status caused by different factors affecting different population groups are called "Health Inequality".


Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology at UCL and co-director of the Institute of Health Equity at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who has been engaged in research on "health inequality" for more than 40 years, proposes a "social gradient" framework based on years of empirical data , that "social status" and "personal health" show a positive relationship, that is, the lower the social status, the worse the health.

In his book "Deadly Inequality: How Social Injustice Threatens Our Health," published in Chinese late last year, he stressed that unless you belong to the top 1 percent, the problem of health inequality is all about you.

Michael Marmot pointed out that from the top of the society to the bottom of the society, the lower the status, the worse the health. (Getty Images)

In an exclusive interview with Hong Kong 01, Li Zijun, Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Equity at CUHK, quoted local data to explain: "The lower the median household income in a region, the shorter the average life expectancy in that region, and the median income The lowest life expectancy of Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong districts, and the highest Central and Western districts and Wan Chai districts, can reach two to three years.”

Why is there such a gap?

This has to start with eating habits, living environment, working conditions...

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