How do people perceive their own health?

Anthony Cirillo
Geriatric Medicine

According to a study by Cigna HealthCare, most Americans think they are in excellent or very good health, but when it comes to healthy habits their actions don't always match their words. More than half (57%) of those surveyed said they were in "excellent or very good health."

The same survey showed that when they were asked how others would characterize their health, more than half agreed others would say they need to lose 10 pounds. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated two-thirds of U.S. adults are actually overweight or obese. Seventy five percent agreed others would say they are in good physical shape, but only 49 percent believed others would say they exercise vigorously three times each week.

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