The Numbers Are In!


Dr. LaTronica Fisher, Contributing Writer

The personal finance website, WalletHub decided to analyze where exactly all that excess weight resides and which U.S. metro areas appear to be doing little in the way of helping stem the tide of obesity. Analysts for the site examined population data from the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, comparing them across a total of 17 different metrics, ultimately rating each in three major categories: obese and overweight population, health problems based on weight, and healthy environments. Information sources included the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Agriculture, The Trust for America’s Health, and other WalletHub proprietary research.


  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. Winston-Salem, NC
  3. Lafayette, LA
  4. Mobile, AL
  5. Chattanooga, TN-GA
  6. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  7. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

One of the glaring results of the study points to the South — 19 of the top 20 overweight metro areas are below the Mason-Dixon Line.  Several southern metro areas have some of the highest obesity and overweight rates in the country, which snowball into some alarming health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and shorter life expectancy overall.  Major contributors to this trend are food deserts and a lack of resources (community centers, gyms, and active lifestyle groups) that prevent people in these areas from having an active lifestyle.

The top three cities are a little surprising this year, with some new cities making the list:

  1. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
  2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR

…and the number one fattest city is (*drumroll please*):

  1. Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson also ranks high in heart attacks.  Here is the rest of the list from skinniest to fattest. Take a look and see if your city is on here as well.

  1. Columbia, SC
  2. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC
  3. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  4. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  5. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  6. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
  7. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  8. Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  10. Baton Rouge, LA
  11. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  12. El Paso, TX
  13. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
  14. Tulsa, OK
  15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  16. Toledo, OH
  17. Huntsville, AL
  18. Greensboro-High Point, NC
  19. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
  20. Columbus, OH
  21. Canton-Massillon, OH
  22. Wichita, KS
  23. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
  24. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  25. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
  26. Fort Wayne, IN
  27. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
  28. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  29. Jacksonville, FL

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