04/11/2012 12:22 pm ET Updated Apr 11, 2012

7 Cities With The Worst Health Woes (PHOTOS)

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish:

Bad news for the City of Brotherly Love: According to a recent study, Philadelphia is in direly poor health—it’s ranked the least healthy city in the state of Pennsylvania, and its obesity rates and percentage of smokers are among the highest in the nation. It’s not entirely residents’ fault, though, researchers say: Access to healthy and organic foods is severely limited, and many of the city’s recreational centers are located in unsafe areas and have fallen into disuse.

Philadelphia may be having its day in the doctor’s office, but a number of other American cities are notoriously in need of a health kick, too. We looked at seven cities blighted by physical and mental health crises, and are happy to recommend a book to help each of these ailing cities set out on the road to recovery.


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