How "Fat" is Your City?

More than one in three Americans are either overweight or obese, according to statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). That makes Americans the fattest people in the world. Each year, we shell out $147 billion to $210 billion on medical treatments related to obesity.

Geography has an enormous impact on risk factors, with the highest concentration of overweight individuals clustered within certain parts of the country and state. This geographical reality is underscored by new rankings from WalletHub, which compared the 100 most populated U.S. metros in the country and then ranked them on portliness.

As is typical, the south dominated the top of the list. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Came in first place, followed by Shreveport-Bossier City, LA; Memphis, TN-MS-AR; Jackson, MS; and Mobile, AL.

The "fattest" metro in California, according to these rankings, is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario. It took the No. 36 spot nationally. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim ranked 81 nationally, Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade was No. 83, and San Diego-Carlsbad was No. 84.

San Francisco has the lowest number of obese adults in the nation and the lowest rates of high cholesterol and heart disease, according to WalletHub.

19 key metrics were used to determine a city’s heft, including share of overweight or obese adults, food choices, obesity-related medical spending, and access to parks and other recreation facilities.

See the full rankings here.

Data is reported and compiled by WalletHub and does not reflect statistics on all U.S. or California cities.


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