The U.S. obesity rate grew to 27.7% in 2014, up from 27.1% in 2013 and 25.5% in 2008, data from a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicate. Researchers say Americans 65 and older had the greatest increase in obesity since 2008.
According to a survey of more than 230,000 adults included in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 5.5% of people living in the 10 metro areas with the lowest levels of well-being reported having a heart attack, compared with 2.8% of those living in the 10 areas with the highest levels of well-being. The Gallup report found that in areas of low well-being, heart attack risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking were prevalent.
The annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Wednesday ranks Hawaii as No. 1 for the fourth year in a row and West Virginia last. States were rated on overall well-being, physical health, job satisfaction and other criteria. Data showed 60% of Hawaii residents surveyed said they were thriving, compared with 45% of people in West Virginia.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index AHIP Congressional Report, an ongoing survey of Americans' daily lives, includes a nightly poll of about 1,000 people on their physical and emotional health, social interactions, and personal behavior. Districts in California, Hawaii and Utah topped the list for well-being and livability, according to early data. AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni says that "we have to think bigger about health care."
Healthways has launched a self-service patient health and wellness portal for its members to promote wellness and slow the progression of diseases caused by family or lifestyle risks. The company will use the IBM WebSphere Portal, which employs Mainsoft Corp.'s .NET extensions.