Sean King

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What is the Nation's Sickest City?

Huntington, West Virginia.

Nearly half the adults in Huntington's five-county metropolitan area are obese - an astounding percentage, far bigger than the national average in a country with a well-known weight problem.

Huntington leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, too, including heart disease and diabetes. It's even tops in the percentage of elderly people who have lost all their teeth (half of them have).

My father went to college in Huntington--at Marshall University to be precise. Plus, I have many relatives in the area. So, I feel some connection to the city, which makes this story all the more sad for me.

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