(09/24/2009)
The Mountain State is leading the nation in disabilities.

The biggest reasons are an aging population, physically demanding jobs and bad habits from smoking to shunning exercise.

They all lend to West Virginia ranking first in the percentage of residents with disabilities.

The U.S. Census says that roughly 19 percent of West Virginians report having a disability, more than any other state.

The national average is 12 percent.

Many West Virginians have chronic illnesses like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, leading to disability.

There are thousands of jobs in high risk industries like mining and logging.

The state also leads the nation in obesity.


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