Mortality vs Smoking, Obesity and Drinking

So I was looking at some US mortality data on a on a county level.

I checked mortality adjusted for age against data that was find-able and reasonable. For example: smoking, obesity and drinking.

So smoking, yup, it increases with mortality. Obesity, also associated with with how often we die. Drinking… huh?

Here are charts with mortality rate (age-adjusted to standard 2000 US Census population age groups) vs smoking, obesity and excessive drinking. The bubbles’ sizes represent population of the county.

  • Obesity is BMI >= 30 BMI
  • Smoking is defined as: having smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke every day or few days.
  • Excessive Drinking is average more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink per day for women (sexist, eh?) or having consumed 5 drinks or more in one day for men or 4 drinks or more for women

% obese vs age-adjusted mortality rate per 100,000 people by county

Mortality rate vs smokers by county image005

Not sure what it means exactly but here are my guesses:

  • People who drink excessively tend to drink with other people, especially other people they like! We all know that part is good for your health
  • People who drink too much have enough time and money leftover to drink too much

What do you think? Leave your comments here or on this reddit thread.