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Study: Popularity linked with health

September 29, 2009 12:21:44 AM PDT
Do you recall how popular you were in sixth grade? A new report says how well-liked you were plays a role in your health as an adult. Swedish researchers tracked the health of 14,000 people for 50 years.

People, whose childhood peers ranked them the least popular, were nine times more likely to develop heart disease, four times more likely to need diabetes treatment and twice as likely to suffer depression.

Whether the stress of being unpopular plays a role in the development of disease or if one's popularity impacts behavioral tendencies is not clear.

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