Did You Know?

Millions have stigmatized health conditions

OBESITY
Nearly
35% of adults
and 13 million children
in the U.S. suffer from obesity – one of the most highly stigmatized health conditions. 1
HEARING
Only
1 in 5 people
who need hearing aids
actually wear them –
and nearly 40% cite stigma as the reason why. 2
DISABILITIES
People with
physical
disabilities

make up the largest minority group of the U.S. 3
CANCER
Some
14 million
people in the U.S.
live with cancer.4
ASTHMA
 
24 million
Americans have asthma.

3 million of those are children
between 5 and 11 – an especially vulnerable population. 5

HIV
More than
1 million people
in the U.S. live with HIV,

and each year another 50,000 develop this highly stigmatized health condition. 6

DEPRESSION
More than
1 out of 20 Americans
12 years of age and older
reported current depression
(moderate or severe depressive symptoms in the past 2 weeks) in 2009-2012. 7
AUTISM
In 2012,
1 in 68 children
were diagnosed as autistic – up from 1 in 150 in 2000. 8
BULLYING
Children with
disabilities were
2 to 3 times

more likely to be bullied
than their peers.9