The Top 5 Least Healthiest States in America

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This list is based on obesity and cancer rates, as well as lifestyle factors like smoking, exercise, drinking, and others. Americans have been only getting healthier over the years, with the life expectancy being at an all time high of 78.7 years.

46. Oklahoma Problems:

high prevalence of physical inactivity
low immunization coverage among children; limited availability of primary care physicians; violent crime increased 12%

Strengths:
low prevalence of binge drinking; low incidence of pertussis
low prevalence of low birth weight

47. Kentucky Problems:

high smoking rate
high physical inactivity rate
high percentage of children in poverty; high rate of preventable hospitalizations

Strengths:
low prevalence of binge drinking
low violent crime rate
high immunization coverage among children

48. Louisiana Problems:

high incidence of infectious disease; high prevalence of low birth weight; high rate of preventable hospitalizations

Strengths:
low incidence of pertussis

high immunization coverage among teens
small disparity in health status by educational level

49. Arkansas Problems:

high incidence of infectious disease
limited availability of dentists
low immunization coverage among children; obesity increased 12%

Strengths:

low prevalence of binge drinking
high per capita public health funding
small disparity in health status by educational level

50. Mississippi Problems:

highest rate of physical inactivity; highest rate of infectious disease; highest rate of low birth weight; highest rate of infant mortality; highest rate in cardiovascular deaths; highest rate of premature deaths

Strengths:
low prevalence of binge drinking
high immunization coverage among children; small disparity in health status by education level

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