Report Says Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Are the Least Healthy in America While Residents of Washington, Massachusetts, and Utah Are Considered the Best Off

Southern states are the least healthy in America, according to a new report.

NiceRx, and online pharmacy platform, gathered data on obesity, smoking rates, exercise levels and diet from 49 of 50 states, and used data to generate a ‘health score’ for each that rates the overall health of each state from zero to ten.

The bottom of the list is entirely made up by states in the U.S. South. Louisiana is the least healthiest state, with a score of 1.32. Nearby Mississippi (1.46 health score), Alabama (2.08), Kentucky (2.15), West Virginia (2.18), Arkansas (2.22) and Oklahoma (2.24) find themselves at the bottom of the list as well.

One the other end of the spectrum, western states like Washington (8.4), Utah (7.94), Colorado (7.68), California (7.31), Oregon (7.29) join northeastern states like Massachusetts (8.36), Vermont (7.94), Connecticut (7.82), New York (7.57) and New Hampshire (7.5) as America’s healthiest.

The report considered nine factors in generating health scores for each state: obesity rates, cigarette use, life expectancy, searches for fitness classes, number of adults that exercise regularly, binge drinking rates, how often residents ate fruits and vegetables and the number of survey respondents that said they had excellent health.

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Source: Daily Mail