Although such a premise might be surprising, if you come to think about it, it is not at all laughable. Better education means better career prospects, better social status and more access to high-quality reliable information.
All these translate into not only higher self-esteem but also enough financial resources to buy the things you need for survival and comfort. People who have more money can afford to buy the healthy and nutritious food their body needs to stay healthy, they feel safer from a physical and psychological point of view and the level of stress decreases.
People who tend to abandon school at an early age are more likely to suffer from premature death, either because they live in bad neighborhoods, where they can afford rent but the criminality rate is higher or because they can’t a afford to have a healthy lifestyle, to think about exercising or avoiding food that is full of sugar and fat.
Even if the first reaction could prompt you to reject the theory that insufficient or scarce education can kill you, at a closer look you might realize that it does just that in the long run. It is much like smoking. It doesn’t kill you on the spot and it is selective with its victims, but there are still about 140,000 deaths associated with it.
The researchers came to the conclusions that the exact number of deaths can result from the lack of education as well, or so it did in 2010. They basically looked at a very extensive collection of data gathered from about 1 million people whose ages varied greatly. The data under scrutiny was recorded for 85 years, starting from 1925.
About 140,000 deaths were attributed to the lack of education for people who went to high school but never graduated with a diploma and more than 100, 000 deaths were related to the absence of a college degree.
After looking at these worrying numbers, you might want to think again before deciding to drop out of high school or college. After all, you’ve often been told that education can have a huge positive impact on your life. Now scientists confirm it.
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