Study: More Amer­i­cans are med­i­tat­ing now than 5 years ago

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - WORLD / NATION - Los An­ge­les Times (TNS)

If the stress of modern life seems over­whelm­ing, con­sider giv­ing med­i­ta­tion a try. More than 35 mil­lion of your fel­low Amer­i­cans al­ready have.

A new re­port from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion says that 14.2 per­cent of Amer­i­can adults sur­veyed in 2017 said they had prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion at least once in the last year. That means it ri­vals yoga as the most pop­u­lar type of com­ple­men­tary health prac­tice in the United States.

It’s a dra­matic change from 2012, when only 4.1 per­cent of adults said they prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion.

And it’s not just grown-ups who have turned to med­i­ta­tion. Over the same five-year pe­riod, the pro­por­tion of U.S. chil­dren who have tried some form of med­i­ta­tion jumped from 0.6 per­cent to 5.4 per­cent.

The data come from the Na­tional Health In­ter­view Sur­vey, a long-run­ning study from the CDC’S Na­tional Cen­ter for Health Statis­tics. Each year, thou­sands of Amer­i­cans are vis­ited in their homes and asked all sorts of ques­tions about their well-be­ing. Nearly 35,000 adults were sur­veyed in 2012, as were al­most 27,000 More than 1500 peo­ple at­tended dur­ing ‘A Mind­ful Mi­ami’ a group med­i­ta­tion cel­e­brat­ing Earth Day on April 22, 2017 at the Brick­ell City Cen­tre in Mi­ami.

adults in 2017. Par­tic­i­pants who had chil­dren be­tween the ages of 4 and 17 were asked about their kids’ health prac­tices as well.

Over­all, the re­sponses show that Amer­i­cans are be­com­ing more open to health and well­ness prac­tices that main­stream medicine still con­sid­ers “un­con­ven­tional.” For in­stance, 14.3 per­cent of adults who were ques­tioned in 2017 said they had prac­ticed yoga in the last year, up from 9.5 per­cent in 2012. In ad­di­tion, 10.3 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants in the 2017 sur­vey said they used a chi­ro­prac­tor

in the last year, up from 9.1 per­cent five years ear­lier.

But Amer­i­cans’ em­brace of med­i­ta­tion was far more dra­matic. The pro­por­tion of adults who at least tried med­i­ta­tion more than tripled over five years, while the pro­por­tion of chil­dren who med­i­tated at least once in­creased by a fac­tor of nine.

Among kids, yoga is still more pop­u­lar than med­i­ta­tion – 8.4 per­cent of youths prac­ticed it in the year be­fore the 2017 sur­vey. But among adults, yoga and med­i­ta­tion were in a sta­tis­ti­cal tie, the re­port au­thors said.

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