The percentage of Americans who rated their lives highly enough to be considered "thriving" ticked up in November after declining the prior five months. Americans' life ratings mirror recent changes in economic confidence and standard of living perceptions.
Americans have been less likely to report healthy eating habits in every month so far this year compared with the same months in 2012. Produce consumption has also declined in most months compared with 2012.
Americans living in the areas most affected by Superstorm Sandy continue to report elevated smoking rates and less healthy eating than they did prior to the storm, while exercise has recovered to pre-storm levels.
Nearly one-quarter of Americans (23%) say cost is the most urgent health problem facing the U.S., surpassing healthcare access for the first time since 2006. Obesity remains the No. 1 health condition named.
Americans living in the areas most directly affected by Superstorm Sandy report a return to pre-storm levels in depression and worry one year after the storm.
The adult obesity rate so far in 2013, 27.2%, is on pace to exceed rates from the last five years. The obesity rate has increased across almost all demographic groups.
More U.S. adults were uninsured in the third quarter of 2013 than in any quarter since Gallup began tracking in 2008, with 18% reporting they lacked health insurance. Uninsured rates for both 18- to 25-year-olds and 26- to 64-year-olds increased.
Americans' daily reports of the flu (2.2%) and colds (6.7%) in the first half of October are similar to the reports from October 2012. Americans in the West are most likely to report having the flu, while those in the South are the least.
In yet another sign that partisan wrangling over the federal budget is rattling the American consumer, Gallup's Standard of Living Index has tumbled eight points in the past month to 31, its lowest reading since January.
The large majority of uninsured Americans plan to get health insurance rather than pay the fine. But awareness of the new insurance exchanges is low among the uninsured, with less than half planning to get coverage through them.