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Could Recessions Be Good For Health? Researchers Say Yes

Posted by Peter on Oct 7th, 2009 and filed under Poverty. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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pollution and stress

So why would the return of good times be bad for health?

More economic activity means that people have money to drive a car, which means more likely to die in car wrecks, the researchers theorize. In the 1920s and 1930s, the cars become objects of mass consumption.

With the increasing use of motor vehicles, pollution increases. Recent studies have linked particulate matter from cars and trucks and carbon monoxide with heart attacks and strokes.

During periods of growth, people have more money to spend on alcohol and cigarettes. And more economic activity means more orders for factories, which means people are working longer and longer and sleep less.

Economic Crisis: Good for Health
By Excite France (translated)

We would tend to believe that the economic crisis would have a strong negative impact but when looking at the effects on health, it is exactly the opposite. Strange as it may seem, the crisis increases our well-being.

When certain despair and gnaw the bones until the economic crisis going on, others would be in great shape. Indeed, several researchers at the University of Michigan showed that people’s health is better in times of economic recession. A finding “strong and contrary to popular belief,” admits Jose Tapia Granados, a University expert who participated in this investigation, adding: “Most people think harmful periods of high unemployment are For health.

For achieving this result, researchers have looked at periods of economic crisis almost similar to the one we know today: after researching the two world wars and the Great Depression, the university team a point that life expectancy in the United States had increased from 57 to 63 years between 1929 and 1932. Identical searches were conducted in other countries and all prove that the general health of the population improves in times of crisis.

Original article translated from Excite France

SOURCES: Jose Tapia Granados, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant research scientist, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Public Health, University of Alabama Birmingham; Sept. 28, 2009, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online

La crise économique: bonne pour la santé
Par Excite France (traduit)

Nous aurions plutôt tendance à croire que la crise économique a des répercussions fortement négatives mais dans le domaine de la santé c’est exactement le contraire. Aussi étrange que cela paraisse, la crise augmente notre bien-être !

Alors que certains désespèrent et se rongent les os en attendant que la crise économique passe, d’autres seraient en pleine forme. En effet, plusieurs chercheurs de l’université du Michigan ont mis en évidence que la santé des individus est meilleure en période de récession économique. Une conclusion «forte et contraire aux idées reçues» avoue Jose Tapia Granados, l’un des experts de l’université qui a participé à cette enquête, avant d’ajouter: «la plupart des gens pensent que les périodes de fort chômage sont nuisibles pour la santé».

Pour arriver à un tel résultat, les chercheurs se sont penchés sur des périodes de crise économique à peu près similaires à celle que nous connaissons aujourd’hui : après avoir étudié l’entre-deux-guerres et la Grande Dépression, l’équipe universitaire a remarqué que l’espérance de vie aux Etats-Unis avait augmenté, passant notamment de 57 à 63 ans entre 1929 et 1932. Des recherches identiques ont été menées dans d’autres pays et toutes prouvent que la santé générale de la population s’améliore en temps de crise.

Les travaux des chercheurs seront publiés lundi prochain dans le journal de l’Académie nationale des sciences. Les universitaires ne mentionnent toutefois pas les raisons d’un tel phénomène.

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