Stat!: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Percent decrease in smoking-related deaths in the US between 1960 and 2010: 54 Percent increase in obesity-related death: 166 Percent decrease in death from heavy alcohol use: 22 Percent increase in deaths from firearms: 29 Percent decrease in death due to motor vehicles: 46 Percent increase in death by toxins (especially prescription drug overdose): 1005 …

Stat!: Why Drug Deaths Keep Rising

Number of Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2009: 36,284 Number who died from drugs: 37,485 Frequency of drug-related deaths: 1 every 14 minutes   And which drugs are driving this increase? (Hint: It’s not stuff stuff like crank, crack or smack.) Most are popular prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, many of which have become …

Stat!: Dietary Delusions

  The McGraw Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, cited by The Free Dictionary, defines a healthy diet as “any diet based on sound nutritional principles” that typically has these features: High consumption of fruits & vegetables Low consumption of red meat & fatty foods Raw foods & whole grains are preferred to processed or …

Stat!: Oral Health in the Golden State

Among all US states, DC and American territories, California ranks squarely in the middle when it comes to getting professional dental care. Percent of adult Californians who visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year: 67.7 Rank among all US states and territories: 31 Percent who have had their teeth cleaned in the …

Stat!: All Doped Up in the USA

Percent of US adults who took at least 1 prescription drug in the past month: 48 Percent who took at least 2 different drugs: 31 Percent who took 5 or more: 11   Percent of US children who took at least 1 prescription drug in the past month: 20 Percent of US seniors who did: …

Stat!: And We Wonder Why Chronic Disease Is Such a Problem?

Percent of Americans in 1988 who ate at least five servings of vegetables and fruit each day: 42 Percent who did so in 2006: 26 Percent of American men in 1988 who exercised at least 30 minutes a day, three times each week: 57 Percent of American women in 1988 who did: 49 Percent of …

Stat!: Health Perception vs. Reality

Percent of Americans who describe their health as “good,” “very good” or “excellent”: 85 Percent of Americans who are overweight or obese: 67 Percent with high blood pressure: 27 Percent who don’t eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables: 96 Percent who don’t exercise: 40   Source: New York Times and Time