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25 percent from 2004 to 2014, and the percent of adults
meeting physical activity recommendations increased more
than 7 percent from 1998 to 2015.
The update included the latest figures on what the AHA
calls “Life’s Simple 7,” key measures and behaviors that
can help people stay healthy and lower their risk for heart
disease, stroke and other major problems.
Here are statistics related to Life’s Simple 7, with the
most recent year for which data is available:
• Nearly 17 percent of men, 14 percent of women
and nearly 5 percent of children ages 12-17 smoked
cigarettes in 2015.
• About 22 percent of adults in 2015 met federal
physical activity guidelines.
• Between 1999 and 2012, although AHA healthy diet
scores tended to improve in all race/ethnicity, income
and education levels, many disparities present in
earlier years widened over time, with generally smaller
improvements seen in minority groups and those with
lower income or education.
• In the US, the prevalence of obesity among adults,
estimated using NHANES data, increased from 1999
to 2000 through 2013 to 2014 from 30. 5 percent to
37. 7 percent.
• In the US, the prevalence of overweight and obesity
among children and adolescents ages 2-19 years,
estimated using NHANES data, is 33. 4 percent ( 16. 2
percent were overweight and 17. 2 percent were obese).
• Nearly 94.6 million, or 40 percent of American adults,
had total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher.
• Nearly 86 million, or 34 percent of American adults,
had high blood pressure.
• An estimated 23. 4 million, or 9. 1 percent of American
adults, have diagnosed diabetes. Additionally, an
estimated 7.6 million, or 3. 1 percent of American
adults, have undiagnosed diabetes; and about 81.6
million, or 33. 9 percent of American adults, have
Source: American Heart Association News