Get College Degree, Live 9 Years Longer
Education linked to better health, longevity
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2012 8:52 AM CDT
This could add a few years to your life.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Sure, college costs a lot of money and you won’t necessarily get a job after you graduate, but good news! At least you'll live longer in your loan-induced poverty, because higher education is linked to longer life. An annual report from the CDC shows that those who obtain a bachelor’s degree or above live about nine more years than those who never graduate high school. Education is also linked to other healthy habits, USA Today reports:

  • In 2010, 31% of adults ages 25 to 64 who had only a high school diploma or less smoked. Just 24% of those who had attended some college smoked, and only 9% of those with a bachelor’s degree smoked.
  • Also in 2010, parents with less than a high school education were more likely to have obese children than were parents who had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
"Highly educated people tend to have healthier behaviors, avoid unhealthy ones and have more access to medical care when they need it," explains the report's lead author. You know what that means: Get a bachelor’s degree and you’ll have nine extra years to pay off the student loans that are crippling you!

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May 16, 2012 2:19 PM CDT
"[...] those who obtain a bachelor’s degree or above live about nine more years than those who never graduate high school." I believe you mean those who never graduate FROM high school. Come on Evann, it's a story about education. They aren't measuring high school in a cylinder.
May 16, 2012 1:18 PM CDT
I love how they don't source their statistics but make generalized statements. What kind of people were they interviewing, what were their majors, what jobs did the non-college educated have that took part in the study, and how many participated? I know people without college degrees that realize smoking is not good, and i know college graduates that smoke. In general i notice that almost no one smokes anymore. So let me sum it up for anyone who hasn't attended college yet, so you can save a couple hundred thousand. Smoking, bad Fruit, good brush teeth, good fast food, bad obesity, bad exercise, good alcohol daily, bad vitamins, good Congratulations on your 4 year degree!!
May 16, 2012 10:19 AM CDT
College is a fraudulent institution...this is just one more deceitful marketing gimmick, by the lenders, to keep kids freshly indebted to them. The reality is that those who go to college have superior instincts and cognitive abilities than their non-college counter parts anyway (generally speaking...there are exceptions.) In other words, those who graduated from college would have led superior lives (longevity) no matter what. If we dropped a bunch of high school drop outs on an island, along with high school students that are on their way to going to top universities, the university destined students would be ruling the high school drop outs on that island in no time. Saying that college adds 9 years to your life span is like saying that a BMW also adds 9 years to your life span. In both cases, the former is only a SIDE EFFECT of your genetic predisposition.