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Health & Social Class


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Health & Social Class

  1. 1. Health and Social Class How Health and Social class are related in the UK
  2. 2. How do we know what causes ill health? <ul><li>There are big differences in the health of different social classes </li></ul><ul><li>Wealthier people have better health in general </li></ul><ul><li>Education, lifestyle and geography are factors </li></ul><ul><li>The Black Report and Acheson Report has shown this </li></ul>
  3. 3. Diet <ul><li>Scotland is the unhealthiest country in the world </li></ul><ul><li>2 million children in the UK today cannot afford to eat healthily </li></ul><ul><li>Lower classes cannot afford to buy healthy food </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cancer Rates <ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>334 per 100,000 compared to 296 </li></ul><ul><li>Drumchapel/Bearsden - More than twice as likely to die from lung cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>3 times more likely to die from breast cancer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reasons For Cancer <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic make-up </li></ul><ul><li>Diet </li></ul><ul><li>Day-to-day environment </li></ul><ul><li>Work place hazards – Asbestos </li></ul><ul><li>Natural & man-made Radiation – UV Lights and the sun </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of exercise </li></ul>
  6. 6. Use and abuse <ul><li>Lower social class higher rate of disease </li></ul><ul><li>Lung cancer in professional males 43 </li></ul><ul><li>Lung cancer in unskilled manual males 178 </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons:can’t afford entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Quick fixes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Occupation <ul><li>Some jobs have health risks </li></ul><ul><li>For example people working in manufacturing or construction jobs are more likely to suffer from back problems </li></ul><ul><li>High powered jobs have less physical health risks </li></ul><ul><li>Upper classes are more likely to have high powered jobs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Geography <ul><li>More well-off people are more likely to live in good quality housing </li></ul><ul><li>3.4 times more likely to die before the age of 65! </li></ul><ul><li>Divide between Glasgow city and Bearsden </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>The lower the social class of a person in the UK is, the more likely they are to have poor health </li></ul>