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Self-Reported Health Status

In 2004, men were more likely than women to report being in excellent or very good health (62.9 versus 59.9 percent); this was true in every racial and ethnic group. Among both sexes, Asians most often reported that they were in excellent or very good health, followed by non-Hispanic Whites and Hispanics; non-Hispanic Blacks were the least likely to report themselves to be in excellent or very good health.

Self-reported health status declines with age: 70.8 percent of women aged 18 to 44 years reported excellent or very good health status, compared to 55.7 percent of those aged 45 to 64 years, 42.7 percent of those aged 65 to 74 years, and 31.5 percent of those aged 75 years or more. Among those in the oldest age group, 31.1 percent reported poor health, compared to only 6.4 percent of those in the youngest age group.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.