Women's Health USA 2007
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Health Status > Health Indicators

Self-Reported Health Status

In 2005, men were more likely than women to report being in excellent or very good health (63.0 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; 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: 70.9 percent of women aged 1844 years reported excellent or very good health status, compared to 55.6 percent of those aged 4564 years, 41.5 percent of those aged 6574 years, and 32.7 percent of those aged 75 years or more. Among those in the oldest age group, 30.7 percent reported fair or poor health, compared to only 6.2 percent of those in the youngest age group.

The rate of women reporting excellent or very good health also varies with income (data not shown). Among women with family incomes at 300 percent or more of the Federal poverty level (FPL), 73 percent reported excellent or very good health compared to 42 percent of those with family incomes below 100 percent of the FPL.

 
   

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Women's Health USA 2007 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 2007. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007.