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Social Capital: These 5 charts show inequality is bad for your health — even if you are rich

Living in highly unequal economies like the United States is clearly awful for the poorest in society, but new research suggests it also damages the health and well-being of even the wealthiest among us.

British epidemiologists Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson made a splash in social scientific circles nearly a decade back with “Spirit Level,” a book exploring the many ways in which general welfare and trust declines in deeply unequal settings.

“It’s not just the poor who are affected by inequality, we’re all affected by inequality. Our colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health describe inequality as a social pollutant because it’s like air pollution — you can’t escape it, it’s in the air, we all feel it,” Pickett said during a recent book talk at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.

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