Lots of Things Matter

This is just a short post to let readers compare graphical depiction of data on obesity, expected healthy years of life at age 65.  I found the article enjoyable, and the analysis of the data to create the graphic is nice, but simple geography is unlikely the explanation for differences in health status of Americans.

The article on the NPR blog with the graphical depiction of the number of years or healthy life expected at age 65 has the headline, For a Long and Healthy Life: It Matters Where You Live.  I suspect that it could as easily be titled, “It matters whether you are obese, or “It matters whether you smoke.”  Lots of other things are likely different in residents of each state too, but those two are ones where data exists to look at.

Compare the graphics below.

 

From NPR Graph.  Healthy Years of Life Expectancy at age 65 by State
From NPR Graph. Healthy Years of Life Expectancy at age 65 by State

 

Rates of Obesity by State from CDC 2009
Rates of Obesity by State from CDC 2009

The comparisons are striking.

For related posts see, The Leading Preventable Cause of Death in America.

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