Only 5 states are less healthy than Tennessee

According to 27/7 Wall Street.  Only Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi trail us.

America’s Most (and Least) Healthy States

6. Tennessee
> Pct. obese: 33.7% (4th highest)
> Cardiovascular deaths per 100,000: 300.6 (7th highest)
> Physicians per 100,000: 124.4 (19th highest)
> Pct. visiting dentist in 2012: 50.9 (15th lowest)

More than one-third of Tennessee adults and nearly 17% of adolescents were considered obese last year, both the fourth highest rates nationwide. As in most states, the obesity problem in Tennessee has worsened considerably. Physical inactivity was likely a major contributor. Less than 63% reported routine exercise, less than in all but one other state. Residents also had among the highest rates of heart attacks, and there were more than 300 cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 people, one of the highest rates. Determinants such as a struggling economy and safety concerns also played a role in the state’s poor ranking. More than 8% of Tennessee’s workforce was unemployed in 2013, one of the highest rates nationwide. The state also had the nation’s worst crime rate, at 643.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2013.


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