Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Adults are the Healthiest, New CDC Report Says
A story published today in The Mature
Market says that a
new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests
that married adults are healthier than divorced, widowed or never married
report, “Marital Status and Health: United States, 1999-2002,” was based
on interviews with 127,545 adults aged 18 and over as part of the National
Health Interview Survey, conducted by CDC’s National Center for Health
looked at health status and limitations, health conditions, and
health-related behaviours according to marital status and also by age,
race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors such as education and poverty
findings in the report:
· Nearly 60 percent of adults are married, 10.4 percent are separated or
divorced, 6.6 percent are widowed, 19 percent are never married and 5.7
percent are living with a partner. Marital status varies greatly among
race/ethnic groups: approximately 61 percent of white adults, 58 percent
of Hispanic adults, and 38 percent of black adults are married,
according to the survey.
· Married adults are less likely than other adults to be in fair or poor
health, and are less likely to suffer from health conditions such as
headaches and serious psychological distress.
· Married adults are less likely to be limited in various activities,
including work and other activities of daily living.
· Married adults are less likely to smoke, drink heavily or be
physically inactive. However, married men are more likely to be
overweight or obese than other men.
· Adults who live in cohabiting relationships are more likely to have
health problems than married adults and more closely resemble divorced
and separated adults.
association between marital status and health is most striking in the
youngest age group although it persists throughout the age groups
results show that married adults are generally in better health than
unmarried adults, the reasons for better health status among married
adults cannot be determined with the cross-sectional data collected in the
National Health Interview Survey.
report, “Marital Status and Health: United States, 1999-2002,” is
available at the CDC/NCHS web site at