America’s Health Report Card – D+

Above is a quick look at some of the statistics from the recent report from the CDC.

(The above graph is from the NY Times)

The CDC released the results of their latest survey of the health of America.  Some things look better.  For instance, smoking has decreased.  Most things do not look better, however.

  • The percentage of people who reported having excellent or very good health declined to 66.6 percent in the 2009 period, from 69.1 percent in 1998.
  • More than a quarter were obese in 2009 (with a body mass index of 30 or more), up from 19.5 percent in 1997.
  • The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has also risen steadily, and, in 2009, 8.8 percent of Americans received diagnoses of the illness, compared with 5.3 percent in 1997.
  • The percent of people of all ages with asthma has gone up slightly, to 8.3 in 2009 from 7.6 in 2001. In 2009, 10 percent of children under 15 had the disease.

These are just a few of the statistics in the recent report.  The report is 109 pages long and goes into much more detail.  I have included a link to the report below if you wish to see it in its entirety. The report, while favorable on some key issues of health, shows that we are not doing enough to reduce chronic health issues here in the U.S.  We need to start preaching true health care and not wait to treat chronic, preventable diseases because the person isn’t sick “yet”.

Complete CDC Report

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