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Bad Economy Is Good For Health

posted on February 7, 2003

A bad economy is good for your health. (What??)

A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, states when jobs are scarce, people behave in a healthier manner.

The researcher says both the unemployed and those who keep their jobs but may have less work to do, are more likely to exercise, less likely to pig out at restaurants and apparently keep their doctors' appointments.

However, the data collected shows only small changes. An increase of one percent in state unemployment rates reduces smoking by point-six (0.6%) percent. Obesity is lessened by point-three (0.3%) … and physical inactivity drops by one-point-eight (1.8%) percent.

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