Low social rank is a bigger risk for illness and premature death than either high alcohol
consumption or obesity.
People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top
This makes social rank a bigger risk factor for illness and premature death than either high alcohol
consumption or obesity, and it nearly equals the risk posed by physical inactivity, researchers said.
On average, a low social rank shaved over 25 months off the average lifespan, compared with six
months for heavy alcohol intake and eight months for obesity, according to Lifepath, a European
Commission-funded consortium that conducted the study.
the authors said, at least in high-income countries.
People belonging to the lower socioecomonic status live 25 months less compared to the average
lifespan, the report found.
“Low socioeconomic status is one of the strongest predictors of premature mortality worldwide, but
health policymakers often do not consider it a risk factor to target,” Lifepath said in a statement.
“Because these circumstances are modifiable, they should be included in the list of risk factors
targeted by global health strategies,”