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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Americans' battle with weight continues, with 63.1% of Americans either overweight or obese in 2009, an increase from 62.2% in 2008. Obese Americans are more likely than those of normal weight to report having several chronic conditions.
Fewer American adults report having had the flu or a cold this January than did so in January of 2009, the third consecutive month in which self-reports of flu and cold cases have been below the prior year’s levels.