THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in income, gender and race influence Americans' likelihood of being healthy, sick or dying prematurely, a federal government report released Thursday shows.
While progress has been made toward having more Americans live healthy lives, disparities persist, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For example, low-income people have five to 11 times fewer healthy days per month than those with high incomes; men are nearly four times more likely to commit suicide than women; birth rates for Hispanic and black teens are much higher than for white teens, and affluent people have higher rates of binge drinking.
The report, the first of a series, was released with the latest issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Among the findings:
The findings also highlight the need for more consistent, nationally representative data on disability status and sexual orientation, according to officials.
"Better information about the health status of different groups is essential to improve health," CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said in an agency news release. "This first of its kind analysis and reporting of recent trends is designed to spur action and accountability at the federal, tribal, state and local levels to achieve health equity in this country."
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SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Jan. 13, 2011
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