Financial services website WalletHub has released its 2023 Most Overweight & Obese Cities in the U.S. list. It’s no secret that Americans in all 50 states struggle with obesity. Research published by the CDC indicates that more than 40% of U.S. adults are obese. One thing that immediately jumps out on this list is that most of the top 30 cities are in the South.
While it’s true that southern cooking is better than most, food isn’t the only reason for the prevalence of obesity in this part of the country. WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated metro areas in the country in three key categories of weight-related problems: Obesity & Overweight; Health Consequences; and Food & Fitness. They evaluated those using 19 metrics, including number of overweight and obese adults, teens, and kids; number of adults with health issues related to weight like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure; as well as access to parks and healthy food.
Based on those factors, WalletHub identifies McAllen – Edinburg – Mission, Texas as the most overweight/obese metro in the nation for 2023. That area comes in second for both Health Consequences and Food & Fitness and fifth for Obesity & Overweight. Not much farther down the list is Columbia, South Carolina, which ranks tenth overall. You can see the complete list of 100 cities here.
2023’s Top 10 Most Overweight & Obese Cities in the U.S.
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Mobile, Alabama
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway, Arkansas
- Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
- Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
- Columbia, South Carolina