Education And Income Affect Health Levels Considerably
The report, entitled "Health, United States, 2011" was conducted by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
According to the report, in 2007-2010, women aged 25+ were less likely to be obese (25%) if they had a bachelor's degree or higher than women who did not (39-43%) have a degree at all. In addition, children of parents with higher levels of education were less likely to be obese (11% boys - 7% girls) than children in households where the head of the household had less than a high school education (24% boys - 22% girls). Among adult males the prevalence of obesity did not differ consistently with level of education.
On average, in 2006, statistics showed that the life expectancy for women without a high school diploma was 8.6 years less than women with a bachelor's degree or higher. Life expectancy for men without a high school diploma was 9.3 years less than those with a bachelor's degree or higher.
In 2010, 50% of adults aged 18+ did not meet federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening. Adults age 75+ were significantly less likely to meet the recommendations (70%) than adults aged 18-24 years (39%).
In 2010, 9% of adults aged 25-64 years with a bachelor's degree or higher were current smokers compared with 24% of adults with some college education and 31% of those with a high school diploma or less education. In addition, smoking rates among U.S. adults age 18+ decreased from 21% in 2009 to 19% in 2010.
From 2000 to 2010, approximately 67-70% of women 40 years of age had a mammogram in the past two years. In addition, the percentage of adults aged 50-75 years who underwent a recent colorectal test or procedure rose from 34% in 2000 to 59% in 2010.
Between 2000 and 2010, there was a 13% decrease in the percentage of children with a family income below 200% of poverty levels who were uninsured. The percentage of children with a family income at 200% to 399% of poverty level who were uninsured decreased from 9% to 7%, and the percentage with a family income at 400% decreased from 3% to 2%.
Written By Grace Rattue
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