The 15 Unhealthiest States in America

The 15 Unhealthiest States in America


14. Missouri

Missouri fell one spot this year, to 37th place. Excessive drinking in the state increased 10 percent over the past year, and obesity grew 7 percent. The rate of diabetes also grew 20 percent.

Strengths: High percentage of high school graduation; low percentage of children in poverty; small disparity in health status by educational attainment.

Challenges: High prevalence of smoking; lower number of dentists; high prevalence of frequent physical distress.

© Whitney Curtis / Reuters