U.S. Gets 'Unsatisfactory' Grade on Women's Health

More women are binge drinking. Fewer are getting Pap smears. Overall, the U.S. received a grade of “unsatisfactory” on key issues affecting women’s health, according to an updated report released by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).

This report is the fifth time this decade that the group has issued a national and state-by-state report card on the status of important health goals for women set a decade ago by federal officials. Very few of these goals have been met.

WebMD reports:

“In 2010, 26.4 percent of women were obese, compared to 24 percent in 2007. Both figures fall far short of the goal of a 15 percent obesity rate by 2010 set by government health officials at the beginning of the decade ... When states were ranked in terms of successful ... California, Nevada, and Massachusetts came closest to meeting policy goals and Mississippi, Idaho, and South Dakota were at the bottom of the list.”

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