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Stress, Health, and Low Social Status

Lecture no. 22 from the course: Stress and Your Body

Stress, Health, and Low Social Status

Taught by Professor Robert Sapolsky | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Health,Fitness & Nutrition Courses

How strong a role does socioeconomic status play in what stressors you're exposed to, as well as your potential for chronic stress? It's a provocative question whose answer Professor Sapolsky reveals in this penetrating look at the characteristics and effects of psychosocial stress on both primates and humans.

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r********m
September 8, 2018
At first glance this lecture seems highly conclusive, the only problem is that Prof. Sapolsky does not mention even once that numerous studies have shown that there is a much better predictor for good health and high life expectancy which is: Education. Just now in 2018 the University of Vienna has published a huge study that compared 174 countries over the time from 1970 to 2015 and the results clearly showed that education correlates much better with health and life expectancy than socioeconomic status or anything else. Thus high education seems to be the main for cause both: Good health AND high socioeconomic status. (It's of course very well possible that low SES is another, minor cause for poor health.) Source: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/news/180416-Lutz-Kebede-life.html This finding is not actually new, as already smaller studies have shown the same incredibly strong correlation between health and education years ago: No, the major reason for bad health and low life expectancy is not poor SES - it's poor education which in itself is a predictor of poor SES. Sapolsky completely ignores this evidence - he does not mention it even once. I wonder why? Why doesn't he mention that there is a way out of poverty and poor health, which is: Study hard and educate yourself. And the sooner you start the better. Sure, you'll have it harder if you happen to be born in a less wealthy family, but then also your best bet is to work hard and get educated. Just "being the victim of an unfair society" won't make anything better - contrarily it will only make things worse if you don't even try to maximize your potential and make the best out of your individual situation.

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b********m
March 24, 2017

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August 21, 2016

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