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3 out of 10 people in Wisconsin are obese, says new report


MADISON (WKOW) -- America's health rankings were released Wednesday, revealing that Wisconsin ranks 20th healthiest among U.S. states.

The report by the United Health Foundation shows the state fairs well in high school graduation rates (91.1 percent, as compared to 78.2 percent nationally), has high immunization coverage among children, and has a low population of people who are uninsured.

However, it finds Wisconsin has a lot of binge drinking, high rate of infectious diseases and low per capita funding for public health.

Wisconsin saw a nearly five percent increase in adult obesity, meaning about three out of 10 people in Wisconsin are obese. This is more than 2 percent above the national average of 27.6 percent.

Perhaps it's because of physical inactivity. Only one in five Wisconsinites are physically active, which is lower than the national average of nearly one in four.

Still, the number of people in Wisconsin who have diabetes is lower than it is across the country -- one in 12, as compared to one in 10 nationally.

Hawaii took the top spot for healthiest state, and Mississippi was the least healthy state.

There were other notable gains across the country, including smoking, which dropped from 21.2 percent of adults to 19.6 percent. Still, more than 20 percent of people in Wisconsin smoke, which is slightly above the national average.

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