Is Working in Hollywood Bad for Your Health?

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A head-to-toe statistical look

This story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Angelenos live longer (81.5 years) than average Americans (78.7), especially if you live in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica (84.9). But when it comes to mental health and sexually transmitted diseases, the health stats for Tinseltowners don't stack up so well.

257% more shrinks per capita in L.A. than the rest of the country, even though the number of adults in the county suffering from serious mental illness is close to the national average.

568 people in Los Angeles died from car accidents in 2010, at half the rate of the rest of the U.S.

22 fewer L.A. residents (out of 100,000) get lung cancer than the rest of the U.S., no doubt thanks to 5% fewer smokers in the population.

9.8% of Westside adults are obese -- the lowest such rate in L.A. County. (The national average is 34.9%. Yay, SoulCycle!)

26% lower rate of skin cancer in L.A. than nationwide, perhaps proving that in sunny Hollywood, dermatologists are gods.

36% of all breast augmentation procedures that take place in the U.S. originate in the West (where it's the most popular type of cosmetic surgery).

2X more county residents have syphilis, compared with the rest of the U.S. In Hollywood and West Hollywood, the HIV/AIDS rate is more than 5.5 times the national average.

ABOUT 50 fewer Westsiders (out of 100,000) kick the bucket from heart disease than the average American.

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