Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Deprivation makes a big difference

This is a great example of the fallacy of talking about ‘averages’.

In the UK the disability-free life expectancy, for a man aged 65, in the least deprived living conditions, is just under twice that of his peer living in the most deprived conditions. The difference for women is slightly smaller.

The healthy life expectancy for a man in the most deprived conditions is 35% less than for one in most affluent. Significant differences.

This data is for 2001. From what I can see the gap has not narrowed, if anything it is wider.

If this sort of stuff interests you then go to the ONS web site and download this document
Dick Stroud

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