A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week shows more than a quarter of young adults didn’t have insurance when surveyed and about a third of middle-age adults are obese.
The report on health insurance status, obesity, physical activity, smoking and other health information comes from data collected in the National Health Interview Survey given by the U.S. Census Bureau to nearly 25,000 people between January and March.
By the end of this year, the government will have survey results from about 90,000 people. It uses the results to estimate statistics for the entire U.S. population, as it has for more than 50 years.
Key results from the survey for the first quarter of this year include:
- 14.8 percent of people of all ages and 26.7 percent of adults ages 19 to 25 did not have health insurance when surveyed.
- 28.1 percent of all adults 20 and older and 33.6 percent of adults ages 40 to 59 were obese.
- 9.2 percent of adults 18 and older have been diagnosed with diabetes.
- 47.8 percent of people 18 and older met physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity— at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or at least 75 minutes of viorous-intensity physical activity per week.
- 18 percent of adults 18 and older were current smokers, the same percentage as 2012.
When looking at the data by race, more Hispanics were uninsured — 30.8 percent, compared to 19.8 percent of blacks and 12.9 percent of whites.
Blacks had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by Hispanics and whites. Hispanics had the most diagnosed diabetes, followed by blacks and whites. Whites were more likely to be physically active than blacks or Hispanics. Whites and blacks also were more likely to smoke than Hispanics.
The survey showed that although the prevalence of obesity in adults 20 and older did not change significantly from 2012 to 2013, it has increased from 19.4 percent in 1997 to 28.9 percent in 2012. Obesity was equally prevalent among men and women.
Similarly, despite the lack of significant changes from 2012 to early 2013, the prevalence of adults over 18 with diagnosed diabetes grew from 5.1 percent in 1997 to 9.2 percent between January and March.
Research has proven that obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity and smoking are major, but modifiable risk factors that significantly increase your risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
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