According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 Americans have a chronic disease, and 4 in 10 Americans are living with at least two chronic conditions.
What is chronic disease? Chronic diseases and illnesses are defined as conditions that last a year or more and call for ongoing medical attention. Most are caused by behavioral factors like poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity, but other chronic illnesses do have a genetic or hereditary basis.
The HealthChampion research team analyzed data on the prevalence of obesity, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and chronic kidney disease to see which U.S. counties have the highest overall prevalence of chronic conditions.