Status Syndrome : How Your Social Standing Directly Affects Your Health
Why do Oscar winners live for an average of four years longer than other Hollywood actors? Who experiences the most stress - the decision-makers or those who carry out their orders? Why do the Japanese have better health than other rich populations, and Keralans in India have better health than other poor populations - and what do they have in common? In this eye-opening book, internationally renowned epidemiologist Michael Marmot sets out to answer these and many other fascinating questions in order to understand the relationship between where we stand in the social hierarchy and our health and longevity. It is based on more than thirty years of front-line research between health and social circumstances. Marmot's work has taken him round the world showing the similar patterns that could be affecting the length of your life - and how you can change it.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 129 x 198 x 21mm | 258g
- 15 Aug 2005
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'Marmot's important study shows that - in every culture - our happiness and health are closely related to the place we occupy in the status hierarchy, and that that the key to status is our occupation' Will Hutton, Guardian 'Marmot's fascinating study not only presents its formidable research accessibly, but offers pragmatic steps with which governments, if so inclined, could redress the imbalance ... this is a pressing polemic bolstered by facts' Scotland on Sunday 'Bubbling with findings, discreetly illuminated by the light of social justice, written considerately for ordinary readers, Status Syndrome is packed with ideas that should have been coursing through public debate for years' Independent 'Marmot is a world-class scientist who writes deeply about matters of life and death with the grace of a world-class essayist ... Anyone concerned about the health of our society should read this book' Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone
About Michael Marmot
Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the International Centre for Health and Society, University, College, London, and Adjunct Professor of Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health.