CDC report identifies health disparities

Americans' differences in income, race/ethnicity, gender, and other social attributes make a difference in how likely they are to be healthy, sick, or die prematurely, according to a news release issued on a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report, titled "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2011" is the first of a series of consolidated assessments and is designed to highlight health disparities by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status, and other social characteristics, according to the CDC news release.

State-level estimates in 2007, for instance, indicate that low-income residents report five to 11 fewer healthy days per month than do high-income residents, the report says. It also says men are nearly four times more likely than women to commit suicide, that adolescent birth rates for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks are three and 2.5 times higher respectively than those of whites, and that the prevalence of binge drinking is higher in people with higher incomes.