Bad Economy Boosts Health?

Sep 29, 2009
Outside Magazine

Researchers show that, historically, overall health improves during a bad economy, CNN reports. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at economic growth and the health of the U.S. population from 1920-1940, which encompasses the Great Depression, and reveals that life expectancy increased over that period. The reason behind the increase is unclear, but researchers surmise that people smoke, drink, drive, and eat out less during a recession, which may lead to a lower mortality rate. 

--Aileen Torres

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