Stats Offer Snapshot of Americans' Health
Did You Know? Assorted Facts Provide Glimpse of Health in the U.S.
By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Dec. 17, 2008—Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say they're in very good or excellent health -- yet 27% of us are obese, 21% smoke, 8% have diabetes, 4% have asthma, and 21% drink too much.
This flurry of facts comes from the CDC and the Census Bureau, both of which today released a blizzard of data.
The facts don't all directly relate to one another. But like a mosaic, the pieces come together to offer a revealing picture of America's health.
Among the smorgasbord of facts about Americans:
- Percentage without health insurance
- In 2008 (all ages): 14.3%
- Iin 1997: 15.4%
- Percentage who went without needed medical care sometime
- In 2008: 6.1%
- In 1998: 4.2%
- Number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures
- in 2007: 11.7 million
- Percentage of cosmetic procedures performed on women: 91%
- Percentage of adults who are obese, based on self-reported weight and height
- In 2008: 27%
- In 1997: 19.4%
- Percentage of adults who got at least 30 minutes of light exercise 5 days a week
- In 2008: 31%
- In 1998: 29.8%
- Percentage of adults who smoked
- In 2008: 20.8%
- In 1997: 24.7%
- Percentage of adults who had 5 or more drinks in one day at least once
- In 2008: 20.8%
- In 1997: 21.4%
- Percentage of adults who ever got an HIV test
- As of 2008: 38.3%
- As of 1998: 30.2%
- Percentage of adults 65-74 who needed help with personal care
- In 2008: 3.4%
- Age 75-84: 7.3%
- Age 85+: 17.6%
- Percentage of adults who recently experienced serious psychological distress
- In 2008: 3%
- In 1997: 3.3%
- Percentage of adults diagnosed with diabetes
- In 2008: 8%
- In 1997: 5.1%
- Number of years since 1997 the adult diabetes rate did not go up: 0
- Percentage of adults with an asthma attack
- In the last year: 3.9%
- In 1999: 3.9%
- Percentage reporting "very good" or "excellent" health
- In 2008 (all ages): 65.9%
- In 1998: 69.1%
- CDC: "Selected Estimates Based on Data from the January-June 2008 National Health Interview Survey," Dec. 17, 2008.
- U.S. Census Bureau, The 2009 Statistical Abstract, Dec. 17, 2008. News release, U.S. Census Bureau.
- By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Health News
- Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
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