The United Health Foundation’s Annual America’s health rankings find the overall life expectancy for Americans is up to 78 and a half years, up 1.7 years from 2000.
Americans are plagued with high rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
But most of these obesity-related diseases are preventable.
Tobacco holds the spot for being the number one preventable killer in the u-s with obesity not falling far behind.
Vermont was found to be the healthiest state and southern states Mississippi and Louisiana were the unhealthiest.
Texas residents with a body mass index greater than 30, which is considered obese, make up 31% of the state.
Findings are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau and the FBI.
Lyssa Hansen, Health Matters