Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But some groups of people experience stress more than others, because of the color of their skin, the fact that they have two X chromosomes, or something just as arbitrary.
A new survey from the American Psychological Association finds that nearly half of American adults report being treated very unfairly or being severely discriminated against, in everything from their careers to their access to health care.
Evidence suggests that discrimination contributes to stress, and chronic stress results in poor health.
Black adults were the most likely of any group to report discrimination. Meanwhile, Hispanics were the most likely to report high levels of stress.
But these groups aren’t the only ones facing these problems — and they’re having a big impact on people’s health.