In general, women are more likely to have activity limitations than men. Of the 129.3 million noninstitutionalized females in the U.S., 15.4% are limited in activity compared to 14.6% of the 122.2 million males. Women are less likely to be unable to perform their major activity than men (4.3% compared to 4.9%) but are more likely to be limited in the amount or kind of major activity they can perform (6.1% to 5.3%) or to be limited in activities other than their major activity (5.0% to 4.4%).
Under the age of 25, men are more likely than women to report being limited in amount or kind of their major activity; however, at ages 25 and older, women are more likely to report a limitation.
Technical Note: Since keeping house and working are the major activities for ages 18-69, people whose major activity is keeping house and are not limited in this activity are classified as being limited in a non-major activity if they report a work limitation.
Source: LaPlante, 1996
Survey: NHIS, 1992