Women's Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status
Alcohol use
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who had four or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year: 19.8%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 9.2

Physical activity
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity: 49.3%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 7.2

Smoking
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 12.0%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 8.2

Obesity
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over who are obese: 41.0% (2013-2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2017, table 58 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Hypertension
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 33.6% (2013-2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2017, table 54 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage
Mortality
  • Number of deaths (all ages): 1,374,392
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 831.4

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, table 1 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Leading causes of death
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes of Death for 2017, table 1 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2017