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America’s Health Problems by State

Jeff Wyaski of Pleated Jeans created this map of the United States using information from the census and to illustrate what each state is infamous for in a funny, colorful manner. Here are some of the health-related statistics Wyaski chose to highlight:

Alabama’s Shame: Stroke
Oklahoma and Alabama are tied for the highest rates of stroke at 3.8 percent.

Arizona’s Shame: Highest Rate of Alcoholism

Connecticut’s Shame: Breast Cancer
On Average, 134.1 out 100,000 have breast cancer in Connecticut, according to

Georgia’s Shame: Most Sickly
Based on the highest rate of influenza.

Kansas’ Shame: Poorest Health
Based on the highest number of sick days taken per month, at 3.5 per days.

Kentucky’s Shame: Most Cancer Deaths
It’s not surprising to find out that Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers, at 25.6 percent of the population.

Mississippi’s Shame: Obesity
Over 35 percent of this state’s population is obese.

Wisconsin’s Shame: Binge Drinking
Over 23 percent of this state engages in binge drinking.

Tell us what you think! How do you think this cart reflects the issues of your state?

January 25th, 2011

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sad and disgusting. a little funny. definitely disturbing.

posted Jan 26th, 2011 5:58 am


I don't know why my state, Minnesota, got labelled with tornadoes. We do have some tornadoes, but nowhere near as much as Texas, Oklahoma, or Kansas. (Perhaps the creators of the map don't know that only a small sliver of Minnesota is in the Plains?)

I'm going to take that as a good sign - they couldn't find any other reason to shame us!

posted Jan 25th, 2011 9:05 pm


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