Social status must be part of health forecast

AS A MEDICAL educator, there’s a useful icebreaker that I sometimes use when opening an educational session.

It’s a thought experiment, and they are useful when teaching a particular subject.

It goes like this: you ask the learners to imagine a patient walking into the room, and they have to guess the person’s health status, but they are only allowed to measure one thing about the person. What is that single measurement that is most likely to predict health status?