2012 Health Rankings: Texas High in Obesity, Low in Cancer Deaths

Texas has one of the lowest rates of cancer deaths in the United States, but also claims a higher obesity rate than the national average and an increase infectious diseases, according to America’s Health Rankings.

AHR has been tracking health information for more than 20 years and documents each state to provide a perspective on the nation’s health issues. Overall, Texas moved up two spots in the 2012 health rankings, from No. 42 to No. 40.

Here are some of the AHR findings for the state:

• Almost 5.7 million adults, more than 30 percent, in Texas are obese and more than 5 million adults, more than 27 percent, live a sedentary lifestyle.

• The incidence of infectious disease remains high, rising 4 percent in the last year from 18.4 to 19.1 cases per 100,000 population.

• In the past 5 years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased 18 percent from 87.6 to 72.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.

• Although Texas has the highest rate of uninsured population, the rate decreased from 25.0 percent to 24.2 percent in the last year.

• In the past 10 years, the rate of low birthweight infants increased from 7.4 percent to 8.4 percent of live births.

• The rate of cancer deaths decreased 5 percent in the past year, from 182.8 to 173.8 deaths per 100,000 population, leaving Texas with one of the lowest rates of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Click here to see the full summary for Texas.