The Most Unhealthy States In America

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( – A new Forbes Advisor study has found the states that have the unhealthiest population in the United States. The rates include chronic disease, lifestyle habits, and drug abuse among other facts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described chronic diseases as health conditions that would last over a year and would require medical treatment that is ongoing. The CDC further notes that these diseases are the leading causes of disability and death in the country.

The Commonwealth Fund in a 2023 report found that the United States has the highest rate of people with multiple chronic illnesses over any other wealthy country.

In terms of the states within the country that are unhealthy, the No. 1 spot is West Virginia. The state is considered ground zero for the opioid crisis in the country and the Forbes Advisor analysis has found that it has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. The state also has a problem with the “zombie drug” xylazine and fentanyl.

The Mountain State also has the highest percentage of adult smokers in the country, 21 percent, as well as the highest percentage of obesity in adults, with 41 percent of adults in the state being obese.

Second on the list is Mississippi, which has high cancer mortality rates, and a large percentage of the population suffers from chronic disease. The state also has high rates of diabetes and hypertension, with 43.9 percent of adults in the state having been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

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