Lifestyle is more than postcode, income and education

INEQUALITY has been shown to be a robust predictor of ill-health, most recently, in Sir Michael Marmot’s book The Health Gap.1

But what is it about inequality that could lead to chronic disease? 

Typically, the link is made with social inequity. Poverty has been linked with reduced longevity and increased rates of morbidity and disability as if it were a postcode-related aetiology. However, issues affecting the selection of postcode (income, education, history, family background) are rarely dissected to recognise health promotion