WalletHub conducted a study on America’s fattest cities following a report exposing the United States as the most obese country in the world.
“Americans are the fattest people in the world,” with nearly 40 percent of Americans older than 15 qualifying as obese as of 2017, according to WalletHub on Wednesday. Arkansas, Texas and Alabama account for an astounding number of overweight people.
WalletHub’s study compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 18 key indicators of weight-related problems. Little Rock, Ark., is the fattest city in America, while Shreveport, La., and McAllen, Texas, take a close second and third, respectively.
McAllen has the highest share of obese adults, ringing in at a whopping 44.9 percent. This rate is 2.5 times higher than in San Francisco. McAllen also has the highest share of physically inactive adults, 2.7 times higher than in Provo, Utah, for example.
El Paso, Texas, hosts the highest share of diabetic adults in America, boasting a rate 2.6 times higher than Denver, Colo., where only six percent of its population suffer from diabetes.
Mobile, Ala., has the highest share of adults with high blood pressure at 41.2 percent compared with San Jose, Calif.’s 21.4 percent.
Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Missouri also host some of the highest overall obesity rates in America.
Americans have the highest obesity rate of any country in the world, according to The Obesity Update 2017. Less than 6 percent of people in Korea and Japan are obese, while more than 30 percent of people living in Hungary, New Zealand, Mexico and America are obese as of 2015.
“The extra pounds have inflated the costs of obesity-related medical treatment to nearly $316 billion a year and annual productivity losses due to work absenteeism to more than $8.6 billion,” WalletHub also notes.
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