A new study carried out by experts from the University of Colorado, Denver, the University of North Carolina and New York University aims to prove just that.
After reviewing data recorded between 1925 and 2010 from over 1 million people, they reached the conclusion that the lack of education could literally kill us.
Moreover, they compared the bad effects of poor education to smoking, saying that the number of deaths resulted from failure to get a high school degree even if the people attended high school was 145, 000 in 2010, which would match the number of deaths caused by smoking.
However, simply getting a high-school degree might not be enough, because there is a high number of deaths – more than 110,000 associated with people who go to college but don’t get their bachelor’s degree.
“Education is a strong predictor of several contributing factors, including higher income, healthier behaviors and social and psychological well-being,” says the study.
It was reported that about 30 percent of Americans have a bachelor’s degree. Obviously, the researchers’ reasons for making such daring affirmations were behind the access a better educated person might have to a better paid profession and thus, to a higher-quality lifestyle. After all, not everybody has access to the best health services, to comfort and to a less stressful life.
Even if the study looked at a very comprehensive collection of data, this does not mean that it should not be met with a pinch of skepticism, given the fact that the rate of unemployment, even for graduates is still high. By contrast, other research suggests that the suicide rate is quite high for well-educated people.
Furthermore, statistics show that lower mortality rates are rather associated with the workplace than with the level of education. It was reported that people who work in offices are more likely to live longer than people involved in sports, workers in construction sites or agriculture. Nevertheless, it can be argued that there might be a link between education and the work place in favor of the study.
The findings of the research were published in the journal PLOS (Public Library of Science).
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