Thursday, June 21. 2012
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that while some positives were found in American health trends last year, there were still some lingering issues.
The center's National Center for Health Statistics revealed in its 2011 National Health Interview Survey that while many consumers are drinking less, more older Americans are struggling with weight issues. Overall, 22 percent of Americans still drink at least five alcoholic drinks daily, but this was far down from 2004 to 2010, when it increased each year. However, obesity rose to nearly 29 percent in those over 20, as well as 20 percent of senior citizens.
"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," Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean and Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, told HealthDay.
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