'Misperception' About Losing Social Status Driving Increase in White Mortality Rates, Researchers Claim
Mortality rates for white Americans have increased in the last two decades, and a new study from the University of Toronto concluded that these "deaths of despair" can be attributed to the view — the "misperception" — that white people are losing their social status. While the study helps shine a light on a potential explanation, its authors seem painfully ignorant of the fact that white people are increasingly demonized based on the color of their skin and the alleged oppression of their ancestors.
"The anxiety of whites is coming from a misperception that their dominant status in society is being threatened, which is manifesting in multiple forms of psychological and physiological stress," Arjumand Siddiqi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study, said in a statement.
The psychological and physiological stress results in more "deaths of despair" from alcohol consumption, opioid addiction, drug overdose, and suicide, according to the study. To a lesser degree, it may also explain the increasing rates of chronic disease such as hypertension and obesity.