America's Health Rankings 2018 Annual Report

America's Health Rankings 2018 Annual Report

Obesity and chronic diseases continue to affect health outcomes and mortality rates across the United States, an annual report from the United Health Foundation finds. According to America's Health Rankings 2018 Annual Report (187 pages, PDF), the nation's obesity rate rose 5 percent in 2018, with one in three adults now meeting the definition of obesity, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The study also found that the percentages of Americans self-reporting frequent mental distress and those self-reporting frequent physical distress both increased in 2018, and that while the number of mental and primary healthcare providers increased overall, disparities between states persist. Based on measures of health-related behaviors, environmental factors, policies, clinical statistics, and health outcomes, Hawaii was ranked the healthiest state, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Utah, with Louisiana ranking at the bottom, followed by Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.