Editor's Note: Gallup re-estimated its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Life Evaluation Index data from January 2008 to April 2009 to address context effects that Gallup discovered after the data were originally published.
If you smoke or are overweight and are looking for a job, getting hired may present a unique problem. Twenty-four percent of Americans say they would be "less likely" to hire someone who smokes, and 19% say the same about a person who is overweight.
American workers with long commutes have lower overall wellbeing and are more likely to report a range of physical and emotional health problems, including back and neck pain, high cholesterol, worry, and fatigue. Obesity is also more common among those with lengthy trips to work.