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12/22/2014 04:29 pm ET Updated Dec 22, 2014

Bad Data Tells Us Hawaii Is Very Healthy

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Hawaii is the healthiest state in the nation for the third year in a row — at least if you believe the United Health Foundation, the group that released its annual nationwide survey.

On paper, Hawaii looks great — low rates of obesity, fewer cancer deaths, preventable hospital admissions; it seems like a health insurer’s dream.

But wait. How can America’s healthiest state have the highest rates of diabetes, kidney failure and tuberculosis?

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