Report: Ark-La-Tex county ranked "unhealthiest"

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:21am

A national health survey has ranked an East Texas county the unhealthiest in the state. That's according to County Health Rankings, an annual health report. The study considers factors like obesity and smoking rates, insurance coverage, unemployment, infant mortality rate and underage deaths.

Marion County ranked 221st out of 221 Texas counties included in the survey.  According to the report, Marion County had an obesity rate of 31 percent, compared to 25 percent nationally and 27 percent statewide. About 28 percent of residents lacked health insurance, compared to 11 percent nationally and 26 percent in Texas. The starkest difference, though, came in vehicle crash reports. Marion County reported a scaled number of 41 deaths, compared to 12 nationally and 17 in Texas.

For more on the survey and to see the full report, visit this website:

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