Michael Marmot Interview

28 Oct, 2015 by

Michael Marmot Interview

How long you can expect to live, and your health over that lifespan, comes down to a lot of factors. Exercise. Nutrition. Sleep. Stress. Luck. All, except for the last, are things we think we have control over.

But then how do you explain the gaps that exist. Between countries like India and Australia. Between Indigenous and non-indigenous. Between urban and rural… Between the rich and the poor. It can’t all just be poor choices and luck. And when you’re looking at the sometimes shocking differences within a single city, it certainly isn’t genetics.

When a society is unequal, that inequality manifests in the health of its people. And while we do need to address the day-to-day requirements of health – clean water, sanitation, medicine – we also need to address the inequality.

It’s not just a matter of social justice – an unequal society creates its own problems, its own costs, because not everyone is in a position to make the choices that lead to good health.

That’s the argument of The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World – the new book by Professor Sir Michael Marmot. Michael has chaired Commissions for the World Health Organisation and is President-Elect of the World Medical Association.

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