WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that there is a connection between level of education achieved and the length of a human’s life.
The study notices trends of healthier eating habits in people who have achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher, so much so that they live on average of about nine years longer than those who do not graduate from high school.
“Highly educated people tend to have healthier behaviors, avoid unhealthy ones and have more access to medical care when they need it,” says Amy Bernstein, a health services researcher for the National Center for Health Statistics.
The report showed that some of these habits are even passed down to the children, stating that in 2010, 24% of boys and 22% of girls were obese in homes in which the head of household had less than a high school diploma. That is in stark contrast to the obesity rate of 11% in boys and 7% in girls in which the head of household had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
In 2010, 31% of adults ages 25 to 64, with a high school diploma or less were currently smoking, while only 24% of those who had some college and 9% who had a bachelor’s degree were smokers.