U.S. health well being tied to income

Oct. 18, 2010 at 11:54 PM

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The more money Americans make, the better physical, emotional and fiscal well being they report, a Gallup poll indicates.

A survey of 200,000 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 1 to Sept. 28 indicates a Well-Being Index composite score -- 55 individual items that collectively measure Americans' physical, emotional and fiscal well being -- of 57.2 among those making less than $24,000 per year, a score of 67.7 among the middle class and a 74.3 score among the wealthy.

Poor U.S. adults are three times more likely to smoke than higher-income Americans, and those with lower income report less healthy eating and less frequent exercise.

Those with lower incomes are more likely than their high-income counterparts to say they have been diagnosed with a chronic condition such as depression, high blood pressure and diabetes, the survey indicates.

Thirty-two percent of those with low-income Americans report obesity versus 21.7 percent of those with high incomes, the survey says.

People with lower incomes report more than twice as many colds and flu than those with higher incomes, the survey says.

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