Southern states have the worst health in America, according to a new report.
NiceRx and its online pharmacy platform collect data on obesity, smoking prevalence, exercise levels, and diet from 49 of the 50 states and use the data to rate each state’s overall health on a scale of 0 to 10. generated a score.
The bottom of the list is occupied entirely by states in the southern United States. The least healthy state is Louisiana, with a score of 1.32. Neighboring Mississippi (1.46 health score), Alabama (2.08), Kentucky (2.15), West Virginia (2.18), Arkansas (2.22) and Oklahoma (2.24) also rank at the bottom of the list.
At the other end of the spectrum, western states such as Washington (8.4), Utah (7.94), Colorado (7.68), California (7.31) and Oregon (7.29) are followed by Massachusetts (8.36), Vermont (7.94) and Connecticut. joins the northeastern states such as (7.82), New York (7.57) and New Hampshire (7.5) are the healthiest in America.
Each state is ranked by health score. Vermont and Utah tie for third highest score at 7.94. Florida and Hawaii tied for 14th place with 6.6.New Jersey data not included in the study
Top 10 Healthiest States in America
7. New York
8. New Hampshire
America’s least healthy states
5. West Virginia
In generating a health score for each state, this report considers obesity rates, tobacco use, life expectancy, fitness class searches, number of adults who exercise regularly, heavy drinking rates, and how often residents eat fruits and vegetables. , considered nine factors of the number of surveys. Respondents who said they were in very good health.
Data for New Jersey are not included. This is because NiceRx reports that it is unable to collect data from Garden State on multiple metrics.
Washington ranked as the healthiest state overall, but failed to hold onto the top spot in any individual category. I’m here.
Colorado, named the sixth-healthiest state in the report, found the lowest obesity rate in the nation at 24.2%. Second overall, Massachusetts had her second lowest obesity rate at 24.4%.
Mississippi holds the dubious honor of being America’s most obese state, with 39.7% of its residents dangerously overweight.
Nine factors considered to determine state health:
- Obesity prevalence
- adult smoking
- Average life
- fitness class search
- Percentage of adults reporting daily exercise
- binge rate
- Number of adults who eat fruit at least once a day
- Number of adults who eat vegetables at least once a day
- Self-reported percentage of people who feel they are in ‘very good’ health
Magnolia is followed by nearby West Virginia (39.1% of the population is obese), Alabama (39%) and Louisiana (38.1%).
West Virginia (23.8% of adults), Kentucky (23.6%), Louisiana (21.9%), Mississippi (20.4%), and Arkansas (20.4%) have the highest rates of tobacco use. 20.2%), Alabama (20.2%) and Tennessee (19.9%) rank high.
The most surprising difference between states is due to the life expectancy of residents.
Residents of California and Hawaii have an average life expectancy of 80.9 years, tied for the longest life expectancy.
For comparison, Mississippi residents live six and a half years shorter at 74.4 years. Similar to other indicators, West Virginia (life expectancy 74.5 years), Alabama (75.2 years), Kentucky (75.5 years), Tennessee (75.6 years), Louisiana (75.7 years), Arkansas (75.7 years) ) are at the bottom of the list.
People in the southern United States live shorter, less healthy lives, and longevity is not an unknown phenomenon.
Texas A&M’s 2018 report points to a variety of factors. Southern states typically have fewer restrictions on public tobacco and nicotine use and can charge higher fees.
Southern states are generally considered “hard to walk” due to limited public transportation and residents’ reliance on cars.
As a result, all of the exercise and calorie burning that a person living in a place like New York City can get throughout the day is replaced by sitting idly in the car.
The region is also suffering from a significant shortage of primary care physicians as well as a rising uninsured rate.
Poverty is also a big factor. Southern states generally have much higher poverty rates than states along the Northeast and West Coast.
Experts have long associated poverty with poor cardiovascular health. Poorer people tend to eat poorer quality foods and are less likely to visit doctors regularly.
Also, you may not be able to afford the medications you need to manage your health problems.
According to a 2019 report from the National Institutes of Health, many poor people live more stressful lives than the wealthy, which can have a greater impact on their health over time.