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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:



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