Published Dec 28, 2021

Donne Will

Fuzhou Wang  


Cumulating evidence from social science has indicated the intergenerational transmission of inequality is majorly derived from the economic imbalance. In line with this, the same thing happens in health, and emerging evidence has been documenting its transmissible property. No matter the genetic or non-genetic causes, health inequality inevitably plays its role in contributing to the underlying health-associated despoliation in life. Each individual shows an eventual health state where equality and inequality reach a time-dependent temporary condition in which the balancing point fluctuates back and forth. To promote the overall health status, it is crucial to promote and optimize the positive health characteristics to get equilibrium between positive and negative. This review discussed the underlying mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of health inequality by focusing on different types of contributors to the inequality and providing prospective insights into the potentially beneficial strategies that can optimize overall individual health.



Inequality, Intergenerational transmission, Health, Epigenetics, Equilibrium

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How to Cite
Will, D., & Wang, F. (2021). On the Intergenerational Transmission of Health Inequality. Science Insights, 39(5), 407–418. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.21.re262