How Healthy Are Women in Mississippi

Mississippi has the highest rate of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure in the country. No wonder women here have some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the nation. Maybe things wouldn’t look so grim if women here ate more fruits and vegetables and worked out more.

There is a bright side: At least Mississippi women aren’t drinking the pain away, and appear to be remembering to slather on the sunscreen when sunbathing. But overall, Mississippi women have a ways to go to improving their overall health.

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

  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #2
2 Cases of breast cancer #13
3 Cases of asthma #5
4 Cases of lung cancer #27
5 Get Pap smears #35
6 Have health insurance #38
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #8
8 Get mammograms #44
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #48
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #9
11 Smoke cigarettes #40
12 Cases of depression #28
13 Die from gunshot wounds #35
14 Cases of cervical cancer #37
15 Cases of heart disease #38
7 Go to the dentist #50
8 Cases of high cholesterol #50
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #48
10 Physically active #49
11 Live the longest #47
12 Cases of diabetes #50
13 Cases of high blood pressure #50
14 Are obese or overweight #50
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