Today the Department for Public Health released results of its annual health survey.
20.3% of those 18 and older report only fair or poor general health. Residents of Appalachia report much higher rates of poor health and chronic diseases than those in non-Appalachian areas. And those Kentuckians with only a high school diploma or less and those with lower incomes? Obviously much higher rates of poor health.
According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems data, 14.4% of adults lack health care coverage. Those in Appalachia, however, are at 20%. Men at 15.4% and those aged 18-24 are at 29.8%.
Some other key findings from the survey:
- 30.4 percent of Kentucky adults reported that they did not participate in any physical activities or exercise such as running, golf, gardening or walking for exercise other than their regular jobs.
- 9.6 percent of Kentuckians reported that they had been told by a doctor that they currently had asthma.
- 66.8 percent of Kentuckians are overweight or obese (have a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater).
- 30.2 percent of Kentuckians are obese (have a Body Mass Index of 30.0 or greater).
- Kentucky adults reported some of the highest prevalence of chronic diseases in the nation, such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
- 9.8 percent of Kentucky adults reported being told by a doctor that they had diabetes (not including women who were told they had diabetes when they were pregnant).
- 5.8 percent of Kentuckians reported that they had been told by a doctor that they had coronary heart disease.
- 5.4 percent of Kentuckians reported that they had been told by a doctor that they had suffered a heart attack.
- 3.5 percent of Kentuckians reported being told by a doctor that they had suffered a stroke.
- 25.2 percent of Kentuckians reported having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their entire lifetime and now smoke some days or every day.