Adults with low educational attainment (high school diploma or less) have higher rates of disability than adults with higher educational attainment due the higher prevalence of obesity and smoking, and to injuries from physically demanding occupations. These three factors are responsible for about half of the disparity in disability incidence between adults with low educational attainment and those with higher educational attainment. Disability is defined as newly reported difficulty carrying out everyday life activities, such as bathing or showering, preparing meals, and doing heavy housework. In a comparison of disability incidence rates between people with low and high educational attainment . . .
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