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.
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If you smoke or are overweight and are looking for a job, getting hired may present a unique problem. Twenty-four percent of Americans say they would be "less likely" to hire someone who smokes, and 19% say the same about a person who is overweight.
American workers with long commutes have lower overall wellbeing and are more likely to report a range of physical and emotional health problems, including back and neck pain, high cholesterol, worry, and fatigue. Obesity is also more common among those with lengthy trips to work.