This paper discusses how social class, measured by various indicators of socioeconomic status (SES), affects an individual's health, with a focus on the role of cultural capital in shaping health-related habits and tastes. The authors argue that childhood is a critical period for habit and taste formation and that interventions aimed at improving health outcomes should target this developmental period. They suggest that epigenetic clocks, specifically GrimAge, are a useful tool for studying the relationship between social and environmental factors during development and health risks later in life. The authors conclude that a better understanding of the complex relationship between health and social forces can inform more effective interventions and policies to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes.
Aitor García, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spanish National Research Council
Michael Lund, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spanish National Research Council