CDC releases American health report

CDC shows a change in health trends for Americans

Published On: Jun 19 2012 03:07:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 19 2012 04:55:09 PM CDT
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HOUSTON -

A new government report shows there's good and bad trends in the overall health of Americans in 2011.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics released the early findings of their 2011 National Health Interview Survey on Tuesday.

"Overall, this report, based on data not as yet fully adjusted but nonetheless valid, demonstrates both significant improvements in the nation's health and health habits, and areas that still require serious attention," said Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "Among the latter is the obesity epidemic, which over time will predispose increasingly larger numbers of people to both type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease."

The decline in smoking rates among adults is very good news. Experts said it's the result of extensive public health education efforts, a decline in social acceptance of smoking, restrictions on where people can smoke and the increased costs of smoking.

More Americans are also exercising. However, this gain is offset by those who do not exercise and who adhere to unhealthy diets, leading to obesity, Imperato added.

"This results in the seemingly contradictory data of 48.4 percent of adults reporting aerobic exercising, and 28.7 percent reporting being obese," he said.

Highlights of the report include:

For more information on the study go to cdc.gov (click here).