New CDC Data Shows Significant Rise in People Practicing Mindfulness in Last 5 Years
From CDC and NCHS
Mindfulness is getting a lot more popular in America.
A recent data brief from the National Health Interview Survey, run by the Center for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, compared the percentages of US adults in 2012 vs 2017 who did yoga, meditation, or saw a chiropractor in the last 12 months. The report also looked at variation by sex, age, and race.
Over all, the percentage of adults aged 18 and over who participated in “holistic or unconventional medicine”: yoga, meditation, and chiropractic, increased from 2012 to 2017 in all 3 categories. The sharpest increase was seen in the number of people practicing meditation. Whereas in 2012 roughly half the number of people reported doing meditation than reported doing yoga, by 2017, the percentages were roughly equal (just above 14% of adults). In all three categories, the number of women is greater than the number of men, with the largest gender gap appearing in yoga. In 2017, both meditation and chiropractic had a gradual bell curve of age distribution, while yoga was significantly more popular among 18-44 year-olds than the age groups 45-64 or 65 and older. In the category of race, whites used yoga, meditation, and chiropractors more than black and latinx adults, however the gap was less in meditation than in yoga and chiropractic.
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