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Massachusetts Ranks Third Among U.S. States in Least Unhealthy Habits in New Study

MASSACHUSETTS — A study conducted by confused.com analyzed factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking rates, obesity, and stress levels to reveal the U.S. states with the least unhealthy habits.

Utah comes in first place with an unhealthy habits score of 0.57. Utah came out on top by some distance. The state has the fewest smokers, the lowest rate of alcohol consumption, and the lowest stress levels in the country.

Washington takes the second-place spot with an unhealthy habits score of 2.16. Washington maintains low rates of smoking, obesity, and insufficient sleep. The state receives slightly higher ratings for stress levels (41.84/100) and alcohol consumption (2.22 gallons per person).

In third place is Massachusetts with an unhealthy habits score of 2.37. At 2.57 gallons per person, the state consumes a relatively high level of alcohol. However, only 24.4% of the population is obese, one of the lowest rates in the country. Additionally, only 12% of adults in the state smoke. Meanwhile, 34% of residents get insufficient sleep, and the Commonwealth’s stress score is 39.09/100.

Overall, the U.S. has an unhealthy habits score of 6.67 out of 10 and ranks 42nd in the world for the fewest unhealthy habits. The U.S. has one of the highest obesity rates in the world (37.32%) and a high stress level of 52%.