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Rich people tend to live longer
A new report reinforces the long-held view that rich people tend to live longer, healthier lives than the middle class and low-income Canadians. The top 20 per cent of income earners in Canada live, on average, about five years longer than the lowest 20 per cent, according to a new report. And aboriginals, consistently among the poorest of the poor, fare even worse: They can expect to live, on average, 10 years less than a non-native, and infant mortality rates in Indian and Inuit communities are three times the national average. The wealthy are also considerably less likely to suffer from heart disease, to be injured, and to spend time in hospital, a new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information reveals. "There's a very strong health-to-wealth link," Jennifer Zelmer, vice-president of research and analysis at CIHI, said in an interview, inform GlobeAndMail The report found that while Aboriginal peoples are making some health gains, they still live shorter lives and have higher suicide rates. Aboriginal peoples have three times the rate of diabetes and 16 times the rate of tuberculosis than other Canadians. Obesity rates among children have skyrocketed over the last two decades, though they appear to have stabilized in the last few years, the report says. It also found that income seems to affect obesity rates in adults. The risk of being overweight or obese rose among affluent men. Among affluent women, however, author Tom Wolfe's stereotype of the "social X-ray" seems more apt; the better off, economically, a woman is, the less likely she is to be obese
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