An annual report issued by United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association shows that Americans are healthier than last years but some states are still making no progress.
According to the study, this year people of Louisiana are the least healthy from the US. At the opposite pole, Hawaii has some of the healthiest citizens, ranking no. 1 in the top of healthiest states.
It seems that areas where Americans are making progress are smoking and exercising while on the other side they become more and more obese, diabetes rates are increasing and so are deaths related to drugs. Also, the number of children living in poverty is rising as well.
Compared to the last year when 19 percent of the Americans were smoking, this year the figures dropped to 18.1 percent. The rate of sedentary citizens has also dropped from 25.3 to 22.6 percent of American adults.
The bad news come from drug-related deaths, which have shown an increase from 13 to 13.5 deaths at every 100,000 people. This includes deaths from prescription drug abuse and illegal drug use.
Obesity is also raising from 11.6 percent in 1990 to 29.6 percent in 2015. So does diabetes, which is affecting about 10 percent of the population.
Another worrying rise has been shown by children living under the poverty line which now make 21.1 percent of the children under 18, compared to a rate of 19.9 percent last year.
The report rings an alarm bell regarding the development of chronic diseases based on lifestyle choices. Researchers argue that as a nation we must work together against diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions and at the same time to support the vulnerable population through community-based programs.
With Louisiana being the state with the unhealthiest population, the next four are Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia and Alabama.
After Hawaii, the healthiest citizens live in Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire.
The rankings have been published on americashealthrankings.org.
Starting next year the United Health Foundation will introduce other health behaviors in their reports. They will issue specific reports on the health of veterans and mothers with children.
This year’s report is the 26th in an uninterrupted row of studies regarding the nation’s health, issued by UHF in partnership with the American Public Health Association. Their data comes from trusted sources from national institutions like American Medical Association, Centers for Control and Prevention of Disease and even from the FBI.
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