The CDC has released its big huge annual report about this nation in which we live (America), and how our health is, here (in America). A special highlight this year is a detailed look at exactly how being poor and/ or uneducated will screw your health. (In addition to your sociopolitical status and fundamental sense of human dignity.) Don't like being disadvantaged? Don't worry, you'll die soon. A rundown:

Americans with less education...

  • Have higher rates of obesity among their children.
  • Breastfeed their children less.
  • Have a significantly shorter life expectancy.
  • Are far more likely to be obese, if they're women (but not men!).
  • Are more likely to smoke.
  • Are less likely to get tested for colorectal cancer.

Poorer Americans...

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  • Have kids that spend more time watching television.
  • Are less likely to have insurance for themselves and their families.
  • Are more likely to have kids with ADD.
  • Are less likely to get their kids regular dental care.
  • Have higher rates of depression.
  • Are more likely to have a disability.
  • Are far more likely to have lost all of their teeth.
  • Are more likely to delay needed medical care due to cost.

Hey, maybe these trends will turn around next year.

[The full report]

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