Women’s Health in Profile

By Steve Barrett
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Although most American women consider their health good, wide-ranging data paint a more complex picture.

In the Mirror

How U.S. women view their own health

Excellent or very good: 60%

Good: 27%

Fair or poor: 13%

A Heavy Toll

Cardiovascular disease kills one woman in the United States every minute.

Smoking Rates among U.S. Women

Asian — 5.5%

Hispanic — 7.4%

Non-Hispanic Black — 13.4%

Non-Hispanic White — 18.3%

American Indian/Alaska Native — 21.6%

A Rising Tide

The proportion of U.S. women who drank four or more alcoholic beverages on a single day at least once in the past 12 months rose from 17.4% in 2015 to 18.9% in 2016.

The Gender Divide

Women make up 80% of the 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis.