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Class inequalities in health start at birth, continue in childhood, and persist through life

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"Class inequalities in health start at birth, continue in childhood, and persist through life." Many would maintain that no such inequalities exist. However could this also be viewed as a disturbing reflection on British society of today? By class inequalities it is generally understood to mean disparity between the way the lower working classes and the middle and upper classes are treated. An important factor to be considered in this examination is stress intensity. In middle class executive occupations stress levels are considered to be extremely high, and as stress is regarded as a contributory factor in heart disease and strokes many would claim that these illnesses are more widespread in the middle and upper classes. However, in recent years these supposed 'executive diseases' have been spreading to the working classes due to escalating unemployment levels. ...read more.


This would insinuate that everyone is born equal and will die equal and this is a very legitimate argument. It is also backed up in The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. In Article 25 it clearly states, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care" This shows that everyone is entitled to equal levels of health care, which everyone is. Nevertheless, many would dispute this alleged lifetime equilibrium. Everyone is entitled to free medical treatment but due to the ever expanding private sector, the middle and upper classes are more likely to have the funds for private health care and thus the health inequalities intensify. ...read more.


Lifestyle is considered a colossal causative factor in health, "lifestyle is probably the most important factor influencing health" This issue expands the inequalities as on any one day eight hundred beds in Scottish hospitals are occupied by patients being treated for the mistreatment of alcohol and investigations have shown that the preponderance of these people are of lower and working class backgrounds. Furthermore, there is sizeable substantiation confirming that lower income groups tend to smoke more, drink more, eat more fatty foods and take less exercise. Thus amplifying any health inequalities there may be. To conclude, there are many arguments to be considered in this debate such as stress levels, medical advancements, lifestyle, and the Governments role. For each one there is a significant argument that inequalities do exist and an equally valid argument that there are no such inequalities. Consequently a degree of balance is created in this argument which will probably remain in years to come. ...read more.

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