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America’s Health Rankings again finds CT’s overall health better than 43 other states. The good news is that we do well with a low rate of smoking (16%), obesity (21%), and uninsured (10%). The bad news is that we have high rates of infectious diseases and low rates of immunizing children. Authors of the rankings predict that obesity will soon become the prime health problem in the nation. They predict that by 2018, one in three CT residents will be obese. Obesity costs each CT resident, whether obese or not, $1,052 on average. However, if we were able to keep our rates as they are now, by 2018 we would save $582/adult state resident in health bills.
Ellen Andrews