Report: Many in middle Georgia are unhealthy, unhappy

Much of Middle Georgia is fat, dumb and unhappy, a report released this morning suggests.

An array of problems — including poor education, plenty of fat and unusual amounts of stress or other challenges — makes much of the region unhealthy, the report from County Health Rankings shows.

Despite the problems, Bibb County is ranked best in the state for its clinical care, with a large number of doctors and relatively few uninsured adults.

There were other bright spots. Houston County ranked near the top of the state in premature deaths, low birth-weight babies, education and poverty. Crawford County fared well in general health measures, but it suffered from poor marks for the number of doctors and education levels.

Monroe County was ranked better-than-average in Georgia across the board, with a good teen birth rate and number of doctors but poor access to healthy foods.

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