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    Louisiana has displaced Mississippi as the unhealthiest U.S. state and other Southern states were close rivals

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Louisiana has displaced Mississippi as the unhealthiest U.S. state and other Southern states were close rivals due to high obesity and smoking rates in new rankings that deemed Vermont the healthiest.
    The overall health of Americans remained static for a fourth year, according to an annual report issued on Wednesday assessing a series of measures also including binge drinking, health insurance coverage, air pollution, infectious disease rates, crime levels and immunization coverage.
    Many Southern states were clustered near the bottom of the rankings. The region has some of the highest rates of obesity, which contributes to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer, as well as high rates of smoking, which causes cancer, lung disease, heart disease and other problems.
    One in five Louisianians lacked health insurance, while 31 percent were obese. It also suffers from high child poverty, infant mortality, premature death rate and cancer deaths, according to the report.
    "We've just not made any improvement in the overall healthiness of the nation," said Dr. Reed Tuckson of UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, and the private United Health Foundation.
    The foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention advocacy group put together the 19th annual state-by-state rankings.
    It was the second straight year that Vermont topped the rankings. It was followed by Hawaii, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Idaho and Maine.
    Louisiana fell from 49th to 50th, replacing Mississippi. Rounding out the bottom 10 were South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada and Georgia.
    California, the most populous state, ranked 24th and New York 25th.
    Vermont, with the second smallest population of any state, had the third-highest public health spending and an obesity rate of 22 percent, four points below the national average.
    It also had low child poverty and violent crime, a large number of doctors per capita and good high school graduation rates.
    Hawaii had similarly low obesity, the highest public health spending, little air pollution, low rates of uninsured people, a low rate of preventable hospitalizations and low rates of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
    Mississippi led the nation in obesity at 33 percent of the population, while Colorado was lowest at 19 percent.
    President-elect Barack Obama and leading lawmakers want to engineer a major reform of U.S. health care, which leaves 45.7 million people without coverage while costing more than any other national health system.
    The United States trails many other industrialized nations in infant mortality, life expectancy, mortality for treatable conditions and overall health care system performance.

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    Yes we Found something else to be #1 at!!!
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    woohoo, now we can say, Thank god for Mississippi AND Louisiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlaw View Post
    Yes we Found something else to be #1 at!!!
    Way to go!

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    Hey, I resemble that remark!!

    I'm from Louisiana, been here most of my years, and *cough-cough* I'm as healthy *hack-hack* as anyone on this forum.

    Just because I'm only 5 feet tall and weigh 350 pounds, smoke like a freight train and drink like a fish, doesn't mean I'm not healthy, dammit.


    Dayum - people are always picking on Louisiana.


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    Yeah, but there is some fine eatin' going on in the South. I think I will go out for some good ol' BBQ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlaw View Post
    Yes we Found something else to be #1 at!!!

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    Y'all produced Britney, didn't you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Y'all produced Britney, didn't you?
    Holy shit! That idiot is from here?! Just living proof how screwed up this place is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Y'all produced Britney, didn't you?

    C'mon, you KNOW you'd hit it if you had the chance.
    At least once. Maybe JUST once, but at LEAST once.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    C'mon, you KNOW you'd hit it if you had the chance.
    At least once. Maybe JUST once, but at LEAST once.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    C'mon, you KNOW you'd hit it if you had the chance.
    At least once. Maybe JUST once, but at LEAST once.


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    I sure would. Right in the mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    C'mon, you KNOW you'd hit it if you had the chance.
    At least once. Maybe JUST once, but at LEAST once.


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    It was the second straight year that Vermont topped the rankings. It was followed by Hawaii, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Idaho and Maine.

    Louisiana fell from 49th to 50th, replacing Mississippi. Rounding out the bottom 10 were South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada and Georgia.
    I'm not surprised that Utah is in the top ten.

    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Y'all produced Britney, didn't you?
    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    Holy shit! That idiot is from here?! Just living proof how screwed up this place is.
    Both Mississippi and Louisiana have Brittney to thank for the screw ups. She was born in Mc Comb, Mississippi and was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britney_Spears


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    Quote Originally Posted by snuffy2202 View Post
    Yeah, but there is some fine eatin' going on in the South. I think I will go out for some good ol' BBQ!
    And some good ol hog jowl, streak 'o lean and red eye gravy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    C'mon, you KNOW you'd hit it if you had the chance.
    At least once. Maybe JUST once, but at LEAST once.


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    Yup, but only if she looked like she used to. Just once. Just to say so. Yup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    Both Mississippi and Louisiana have Brittney to thank for the screw ups. She was born in Mc Comb, Mississippi and was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britney_Spears
    You just HAD To throw that in, didn't you?

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    I'll make sure that I try the Louisiana Cuisine if I ever get out that way.


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