How Healthy Are Women in Indiana?

Indiana borders Illinois, but its neighboring state’s happiness isn’t rubbing off -- women in Indiana have one of the highest rates of depression in the US. With less than half of women here getting proper amounts of exercise -- and less than a quarter consuming a healthy daily diet -- it’s also no real shocker that the majority of Indiana women are overweight or obese.

It’s not all so bleak. When it comes to other factors, the Hoosiers deserve some healthy congrats: rates of gun deaths, skin cancer and binge drinking are all comparatively low. We’d like to see more mammograms, however, before we start praising Indy for that low rate of breast cancer.

See where Indiana ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.


  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #16
2 Cases of breast cancer #8
3 Cases of asthma #31
4 Cases of lung cancer #42
5 Get Pap smears #35
6 Have health insurance #24
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #15
8 Get mammograms #37
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #37
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #26
11 Smoke cigarettes #45
12 Cases of depression #44
13 Die from gunshot wounds #12
14 Cases of cervical cancer #22
15 Cases of heart disease #40
7 Go to the dentist #32
8 Cases of high cholesterol #45
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #40
10 Physically active #42
11 Live the longest #35
12 Cases of diabetes #36
13 Cases of high blood pressure #34
14 Are obese or overweight #39
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