How Unhealthy is Philadelphia Compared to Other U.S Cities?

Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a pattern of unhealthy behaviors for Philadelphia on average. The study observes smoking, exercise, obesity, and many other bad habits.

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Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a pattern of unhealthy behaviors for Philadelphia on average. The study observes smoking, exercise, obesity, and many other bad habits.
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U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 500 Cities Report. 2017 The Pew Charitable Trusts
In the analysis of cities with the highest smoking rate, Philadelphia ranked second among the 30 largest U.S cities. Although Detroit has a substantial lead in first, Philadelphia still scored 8 percent above the national average.
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In terms of exercise, Philadelphia doesn't do as poorly, but still remains among the highest rates of inactivity outside of work.
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U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 500 Cities Report. 2017 The Pew Charitable Trusts
While Detroit holds a major lead once again, Philly comes in as the sixth least active major city in the U.S. The 29 percent rate of inactivity is just below 6 percent higher than the national average.
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U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 500 Cities Report. 2017 The Pew Charitable Trusts
In relation to the last figure, obesity remains a problem not only in the U.S but also here in Philadelphia. Coming in at the ninth highest rate of obesity, Philly was around five percent above the national average. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index equal to or greater than 30. Once again Detroit comes in at number one by a large margin.
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Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on an occasion in the past month for men, and four or more drinks for women. Philadelphia entered this category as the eighth-highest rate at 17.5 percent. With the national average at 16.8 percent, Portland appeared at the top of the list at 20.4 percent of their population as binge drinkers.
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Regarding sleep deprivation, the study focused on people who slept less than seven hours on average. 44.3 percent of Philadelphia residents reported below seven hours which ranked third highest in the country. Back in first in this category is Detroit with 50.8 percent of resident reporting under seven hours of sleep.
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Four out of the five studied behaviors were linked to the cities poverty rates. In all categories but binge drinking, cities with poverty rates above 20 percent (like Philadelphia) were much more likely to perform poorly. While only 3 of the top 10 binge drinking cities showed low poverty rates, Philadelphia was one of the three, and top 10 in all five categories.
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