A lead author for the survey, Sue Holtby, says overall, most of those questioned rated their health very favorably:
About 80 percent of adults, 90 percent of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, and 93 percent of parents of children under the age of 12, say their health is either excellent, very good or good.
But, in fact, more than half of the adult respondents and 12 percent of the teen respondents also reported they were overweight. Twenty four percent of adults had high blood pressure. Nineteen percent of teens had asthma. Seventeen percent of adults were smokers; six percent of teens smoked. The study’s authors say the difference in results is probably because the respondents did not think of their health in terms of continuing factors that contribute to disease.