How Healthy Are We In The United States?

According to the Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults based on the 2009 National Health Interview Survey,  61% of adults 18 and older reported that they were in excellent or very good health (26% were in good health and 13% were in fair or poor health), 55% never participated in any type of vigorous leisure-time physical activity, 17% did not have a usual place of health care, 12% had been told by a doctor or health professional that they had heart disease (6% had been told that they had coronary heart disease) , 24% had been told on two or more visits that they had hypertension (3% had been told that they had had a stroke), 21% were current smokers, 21% were former smokers, 58% had never smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime (64% of women versus 51% of men), 35% were overweight, and 27% were obese.

Respiratory conditions: 2% of adults 18 and older had ever been told that they had emphysema, 13% had been told that they had asthma (and 8% still had asthma), and within the last 12 months, 8% had been told that they had hay fever, 13% had been told they had sinusitis, and 4% had been told they had chronic bronchitis.

Cancer: 8% of adults 18 and older had ever been told that they had some form of cancer.

Diabetes: 9% of adults 18 and older had ever been told that they had diabetes.

Kidney Disease: 2% had been told in the past 12 months that they had kidney disease.

Ulcers: 8% had ever been told that they had an ulcer.

Arthritis: 22% had ever been told that they had arthritis (28% had chronic joint symptoms).

Pain: During the prior 3 months before being interviewed, 16% of adults had experienced a migraine or severe headache, 15% had experienced neck pain, 28% had experienced lower back pain, and 5% had experienced face or lower jaw pain.

Hearing and Vision Trouble: 15% of adults 18 and older experienced some hearing difficulty without a hearing aid and 8% experienced vision trouble.

Loss of Teeth: 8% had lost all of their natural teeth.

Feelings of Sadness: 12% of adults had experienced feelings of sadness for all, most, or some part of the time during the 30 days prior to being interviewed (14% of women versus 10% of men; 28% of adults 65 and older who had Medicaid and Medicare health care coverage had such feelings of sadness and were at least two times as likely to feel that everything was an effort). 

Feelings of Nervousness or Restlessness: 17% of adults experienced feelings of nervousness and 19% of adults experienced feelings of restlessness for all, most, or some of the time during the 30 days prior to being interviewed (20% of women versus 14% of men).

Loss of Work Days and Bed Days: Employed adults 18 and older experienced an average of 4 loss days from work due to illness or injury in the past 12 months (for a total of 571 million work-loss days). Adults 18 and older experienced 5 days in bed due to illness or injury in the past 12 months.

Limitations on Physical Functioning: 15% of adults had great difficulty with at least one of nine physical activities performed without help and without the use of special equipment (2% had difficulty grasping or handling small objects; 9% had difficulty standing for 2 hours; 9% had difficulty stooping, bending, or kneeling; 7% had difficulty walking a quarter of a mile; 6% had difficulty pushing or pulling large objects; 5% had difficulty climbing 10 steps without resting).

Health Status: Among adults in excellent or very good health in 2009, 78% were in the same state of health as one year ago and 19% had improved.

Alcohol Consumption: 52% of adults 18 and older were current regular alcohol drinkers (61% of men versus 43% of women), 13% were current infrequent drinkers, 6% were former regular drinkers, 9% were former infrequent drinkers, and 20% had never had alcoholic beverages.

Physical Activity: With regard to leisure-time physical activity, 33% were inactive, 33% had some leisure-time physical activity, and 35% engaged in leisure-time physical activity on a regular basis.

Body Mass (Weight): 2% of adults 18 and older were underweight (women were at least three times as likely as men to be underweight), 36% were at a healthy weight (42% of women versus 30% of men), 35% were overweight (29% of women versus 42% of men), and 27% were obese, based on body mass index.

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