(The above image is taken from the Sep/Oct 2007 volume of the journal Health Affairs. The title of the article was, "Are Citizens of the World Satisfied with their Health?" and it was an analysis of data on self-perceived health and satisfaction from a survey of people in 130 countries)
The above (apologies for the poor quality) is a nice summary and rather surprising image of what Michael Marmot describes as "the status syndrome" (see post from Sept 22). Essentially showing that, world-wide, there is an intimate connection between social status (in the case of the above image measured by income) and health.
Take a minute to study the image above, and you may be surprised by how strong the correlation appears to be.
As Marmot describes, this really is not about wealth, but rather about the fact that in most societies, people of higher status also have more freedom and are more able to fully participate in society. He points out two specific examples, Cuba and the state of Kerala in India, where health status is actually higher than other regions of the world where residents have higher income--a finding different than the trend seen in the graph above, yet consistent, in his view, with the points that autonomy and participation in society lead to greater health.
My point here? I find this graph and its implications compelling and thought-provoking.