People with poor reading skills are likely to be less healthy than those who read easily, according to recent research. Literacy skills are important for keeping in good shape.

“Some people don’t seem to obtain necessary health information because they’re not good readers,” says associate professor Kjersti Lundetræ at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre.

Together with fellow associate professor Egil Gabrielsen at the Reading Centre and general practitioner Reidar Stokke, she has written an article on this subject entitled Health in Every Word.

This concludes that a relationship exists between self-perceived health and literacy, and draws on data from the international adult literacy and life skills survey (ALL). More.

See: The University of Stavanger

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