Diabetes in the United States

Because of the increasing numbers in obesity in the United States, I am not surprised that Type 2 Diabetes would follow the same suit. Based on research from America’s Health Ratings, there is an indirect correlation between the development of diabetes through obesity. Though not all states with high obesity numbers have high diabetes numbers, studies do indicate that in many states with high obesity have high numbers of diabetic patients as well. In addition to these two traits, amount of physical activity also has correlation to high obesity rates. States with low physical activity had higher obesity rates as opposed to the states with high amounts of physical activity with lower obesity rates. Even if it were a chain reaction (i.e. because diabetes hinders their ability to work out and not being able to work out increases obesity….) all three of these health issues suggest how unhealthy a state can become.

Looking specifically at California, which is ranked 25th in the nation (1 being the healthiest and 50 being the least healthiest), research has shown that disparity gaps play a large role in determining health. “In California, 58.6 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 20.4 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 38.2 percent.” This means that the amount of education received is a determinant in how healthy an individual is. Now looking at Mississippi, which ranked 50th, this state consistently ranked at the bottom three for obesity, smoking, and diabetes. As for their education disparity, “45.5 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 24.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 21.3 percent.” The difference between the states is quite large in terms of the percentage of adults with at least a high school education. However, the gap between people with high school education and those without is higher in California as opposed to Mississippi, indicating that disparity is much more prevalent in California. What remains to be seen is if Mississippi can escape its constant bottom three rankings in the future.

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