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Is It Just Possible That Americans Define Good Health Differently Than You?

April 6, 2013, 3:49 pm

“Nine in 10 Americans say they’re in good health. They’re wrong“:

This flies a bit in the face of what public health research tells us about how healthy Americans are. More than one-third are obese, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control numbers. About 10 percent of Americans live with a chronic condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure. This data suggests there’s some space between how healthy we think we are, and how healthy we actually are.

It might be more interesting to figure out what Americans mean by “good health” rather than simply deciding that they’re wrong.

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