Marion County -- 80th out of 92 in health (smoking, obesity, poor kids)

Dateline: Thu 18 Feb 2010

Health rankings of all the counties in the nation were released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Marion County -- home of the bright, shining capital -- came in a No. 80 out of 92 counties. Factors such as 26 percent adults who smoke, 29 percent who are obese and 17 percent who binge drink brought down Marion County's ranking, along with 23 percent of "children in poverty."

At the top of the heap, not unexpectedly, was wealthy Hamilton County, which credits its No. 1 ranking with its efforts to get Hoosiers to stop smoking. Other top-ranked counties: Boone, Hendricks, DuBois and LaGrange.

Little Scout County, in southeastern Indiana, finished last -- proving that poverty in Indiana is also rural. Industrial Lake County, in Da Region, was No. 82.

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Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Good health is almost assuredly income-related.

Do we really need any more proof that our health care system demands strong reforms? If we fail this generation, their health issues only cascade downhill until they bankrupt all of us.

I got gas at the Speedy Rewards place this morning. A 30-something mom had her elementary kids in there, and they were buying, at 6:50 AM: Grape soda, Chitos, Hostess cupcakes and (burp) a breakfast sausage link sandwich of some kind. I got heartburn looking at them.

Every single one of them--three kids and mom (OK, to be fair, perhaps "female adult" is more fair...I don't know if she's their mom)--were at least 50% overweight.

Doomed. The poor kids have no chance. And that, unfortunately, is the norm.

2010-02-18 15:00:19

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