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Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter
Washington state ranks 11th among all states in overall health according to the annual survey "America's Health Rankings." The survey is produced by the American Public Health Association, the United Health Foundation and Parnership for Prevention using data from a number of sources including the Centers for Disease Control.
On the plus side, smoking rates have dropped dramatically in Washington since 1990. From 28 percent down to 15 percent. But we're heavier than we used to be. The obesity rate has climbed from 9 percent to 15 percent in the past 20 years.
The report says Vermont is the number one state in the country for overall health.