: America's Healthiest And Unhealthiest States
This annual ranking, published by the United Health Foundation, looks at 22 indicators of health, including everything from how many children receive recommended vaccinations, to obesity and smoking rates, to cancer deaths. (Insurer UnitedHealth Group funds the foundation.) Scores for each state are determined by gathering data from a variety of government and nongovernmental databases and then calculating how much each state is better or worse than the national average for each measure.
The below chart lists the final results
2009 STATE RANKINGS
Top 10 Obesity Bottom 10 Obesity
2Rhode Island 41South Carolina
4Florida 44South Dakota
All the New England states are in the top ten healthiest, four of them in the top ten for least obese persons ... That kind of scares me seeing how many obese people there are around here (Massachusetts) and we are one of the best ...