Americans’ Health

Americans' Health

Americans’ Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on the trends in Americans’ overall health in 2011. 

 The good news: 

  • Fewer Americans are smoking.  This is due to a combination of factors: health campaigns, less acceptance of smoking, fewer places allowing smoking, and cost. 
  • Forty-eight percent of adults met the federal guidelines for aerobic exercise.
  • Adults who drink five or more alcoholic drinks a day has dropped to 22%.

The bad news: 

  • More than 20% of adults age 65 and older have diabetes.
  • Self-reported obesity has increased from 19% in 1997 to 28.7% in 2011. 
  • Over 6% of the population failed to obtain medical care during the year due to cost. 

 For more details, read the full report.

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