Americans are living longer than ever, an average of 79 years in fact, but one Louisiana city is up near the top of the list of those defying that trend.
According to research done by 24/7 Wall St. (via WWL-TV), Hammond is the third-most unhealthy state in America, with a premature death rate of 496.1 per 100,000, and an adult obesity rate of 40.3 percent. The report also finds that 16 percent lack health insurance and the poverty rate is 21.7 percent.
"A large share of Hammond residents are relatively poor and lack access to many of the resources necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The typical Hammond household makes just $40,721 a year, and just 61.7% have adequate access to locations for physical activity, such as parks and recreation centers, each some of the lowest such figures in the country."
Hammond has the highest obesity rate in the nation. The city is behind, or ahead of -- depending on how you choose to view it -- only Beckley, West Virginia, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, which rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Mobile, Alabama, comes in at No. 4.