New report cites smoking prevalence for Indiana’s lag in overall health

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A new report shows Indiana lagging in overall health.

Statistics from the United Health Foundation rank Indiana 41st for overall health—a decline of four spots from the previous year, when Indiana was 37th overall.

Smoking remains a primary reason for the overall decline. The report said Indiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the U.S., with more than 1.25 million adults. Diabetes and obesity are also a concern. More than half a million Hoosier adults have debates, while more than 1.5 million are considered obese.

Indiana was also hit for high levels of air pollution and low per capita public health funding. The report also cited concerns about poverty among children. Over the past ten years, poverty more than doubled from 10.8 percent to 23.6 percent among people under 18.

Not all the health trends were negative. According to the report, Indiana has a low prevalence of binge drinking and a low rate of uninsured. The rate of preventable hospitalizations has also declined.

Click here to read the entire report on Indiana’s health situation

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