It’s no secret that a lot of people in the country are overweight. In fact, reports suggest that 40% of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is obese. And while there are overweight folks everywhere, there are some cities where more of the population is considered “fat,” and a new report reveals which ones they are.
- WalletHub just released their list of the Most Overweight & Obese Cities in the U.S.
- They looked at the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S. across 19 key weight-related indictors, in areas of obesity & overweight, health consequences and food & fitness.
- Indicators include share of overweight and obese adults and teens, share of adults with health issues related to weight like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as access to healthy food, a city’s friendliness towards an active lifestyle and more.
- With all that in mind, the report finds that the area of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas is the most overweight/obese area in the country, scoring an 84.78 out of 100.
- The area tops the list for food and fitness indictors, and is at five or health consequences, and comes in sixth for obesity and overweight indicators.
- Jackson, Mississippi, which ranks fifth overall, is number one for obesity and overweight indicators, while Knoxville, Tennessee, third overall, is tops for health consequences.
Top Ten Most Overweight & Obese Cities In The U.S.
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- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Memphis, TN-MS-AR
- Knoxville, TN
- Mobile, AL
- Jackson, MS
- Birmingham-Hoover, AL
- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Baton Rouge, LA
- As for the city with the least amount of overweight people, that honor goes to the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area of Massachusetts, which scores a 58.05, and is dead last for health consequences, and close to the bottom for both food & fitness and obesity and overweight indicators.