Americans suffer significantly worse health than people in other countries. Americans have a life expectancy that is over five years shorter than the life expectancy in Japan. Recently, new statistics were released ranking American states from healthiest to least healthy.
These statistics include 35 different factors that affect one’s health, including smoking, obesity, inactivity, low birth weight, drug deaths, and air pollution. It also considers the number of doctors and other medical professionals per 100,000 people in the state.
According to the United Health Foundation, the healthiest state is Massachusetts. They have the highest concentration of health professionals, including mental health, primary care, and dentists.
While Massachusetts is overall the top state, it did experience an increase in drug deaths since 2012. This 69% spike is largely due to a spike in opioid overdoses.
The 10 healthiest states include:
8. New Hampshire
10. New York
The least healthy state, according to this ranking, is Mississippi with Louisiana in spot 49. According to the annual report of the United Health Foundation, “Mississippi and Louisiana have major health challenges, including a high prevalence of smoking, obesity, and children in poverty.”
The 10 least healthy states include:
44. South Carolina
46. West Virginia
Check out the annual report from the United Health Foundation to see where your state lies on the list.
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