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Quick View. Posted July 21, 2008

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Limited activity is sometimes tied to a person's education level.

Adults older than 25 with limitations of usual activities caused by one or more chronic conditions
Men Women
Less than a high school diploma 21.7% 24.1%
High school or GED diploma 14.2% 16.1%
Some college 14.9% 15.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 8.3% 9.4%

People -- especially women -- with less than a high school diploma are more than two times as likely as those with higher educational levels to be limited in their daily activities because of chronic conditions. At higher educational levels, no significant gender-based differences were observed.

Note: Limitation in usual activity is determined from responses to questions about a person's ability to engage in work, school, play or other activities for health reasons; specific conditions causing the limitations; and the duration of these conditions. Conditions lasting more than three months are classified as chronic. Selected conditions -- for example, diabetes, cancer and heart conditions -- are considered chronic regardless of duration.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2006

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