Editor's Note: Gallup re-estimated its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Life Evaluation Index data from January 2008 to April 2009 to address context effects that Gallup discovered after the data were originally published.
Americans' self-reported rates of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and cancer increased last year compared with 2008. High blood pressure, affecting more than 30% of U.S. adults in 2009, continues to be the most prevalent chronic condition among adults in the United States.
Underemployed Americans are more likely than the fully employed to report being in fair or poor health and experiencing physical pain. They also miss more days of usual activities than their fully employed counterparts.