Health related behaviours are an important determinant of health and part of the causal explanation for socioeconomic differences in morbidity and mortality. The fact is that a lower socioeconomic status is generally associated with higher rates of health damaging behaviour, such as smoking or poor diet and lower rates of health promoting activities, like physical activity. Socioeconomic differences in unhealthy lifestyles already appear during adolescence and also tend to grow during adulthood, because people from lower socioeconomic groups more often make unhealthy behavioural choices

Gedrag, Gezondheidseffecten, Sociaal-economische aspecten
J.P. Mackenbach (Johan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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