Despite wellness programs and other efforts aimed at improving the health of Americans, diabetes and obesity are on the rise—and that's not good for the country.

In fact, according to the latest data from the Gallup/Sharecare Well-Being Index, a 10-year comparative analysis reveals that zero—that's right, zero—U.S. states "experienced lower diabetes and obesity prevalence rates."

The report has plenty of other gloomy statistics—such as the growth of the overall diabetes rate in the U.S. adult population from 10.8 percent in 2008–2009 to 11.5 percent in 2016–2017. That means that approximately 1.7 million more Americans now have diabetes diagnoses than would have been the case had the rate not changed since 2008–2009.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.