Staff Writer
Nation’s overall health not improving, assessment finds: Obesity, diabetes stalling U.S. progress

Despite modest decreases in tobacco use, coronary heart disease and preventable hospitalizations, the nation’s overall health is not improving, a recent national report finds.

Worrisome increases in obesity, diabetes and the number of children living in poverty are offsetting modest improvements in overall health, according to “America’s Health Rankings.” The report, which is published annually, found that for every person who quit smoking in 2011, someone else became obese. Moreover, the number of U.S. children living in poverty continued to climb in 2011, as did the number of Americans who lacked health insurance.