http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/he...cial.html?_r=0Dr. Galea also said that poverty results in poor access to health screening, poor access to quality care for those who actually have heart disease, greater vulnerability to stresses associated with heart disease and a greater likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behavior.
“In some ways,” Dr. Galea added, “the question is not ‘Why should we think of poverty as a cause of death?’ but rather ‘Why should we not think of poverty as a cause of death?’ ”
How about people who work their behinds off and work 60 to 70 hours a week and can barely make ends meet? During a frost period like in much of the US some people might not have the funds to turn their heat up to a healthy room temperature. These people risk colds or worse because they do not have enough money to warm their house. Same goes for clothes, a good winter coat costs money and if it doesn't often get real coat people make choices, which could make them be without proper clothing for the cold.
Poverty also leads to things like unhealthy diets and all the consequences of such a poor nutritional diet. And then I am not talking about becoming overweight but lack of fresh veggies, fruits, lean cuts of meat, etc. etc. etc. which in the long term can be real unhealthy and possibly fatal.
Also, working that hard for so many years can also lead to early death due to heart attacks.
Why should employees have to work two or three jobs just so that the president of their man employer can get a 10 million dollar bonus on top of his 20 million dollar wage? Paying a honest wage for an honest days work should be the norm, especially in such wealthy countries like the US, Canada and the EU.