WHERE TO LIVE IF YOU WANT TO BE THIN: AMERICA’S FATTEST CITIES, RANKED

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WHERE TO LIVE IF YOU WANT TO BE THIN

Thanks to diets heavy in processed foods, America is the most obese country in the world, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

 

But a new study from WalletHub suggests that where you live could be just as important as diet when it comes to your risk of obesity.

WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated metro areas across the U.S. and looked for 18 indicators of weight-related issues, including how many people were obese, diabetic, had high cholesterol and were physically active.

 

 

Little Rock, Arkansas, was the β€œfattest” city, but it did not rank as the most β€œobese” area. The McAllen, Texas, region scored the top spot with the highest number of obese adults. But Little Rock did have a large number of diabetic and physically inactive people, coming in at number five for both categories.

The healthiest people live in the Portland, Washington, area (it ranks 100 on the list of “fattest” areas), while Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had the fewest number of overweight adults.

 

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Here’s WalletHub’s Top 10 Fattest Cities in America. For the full list, visit WalletHub.com.

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
Memphis, TN-MS-AR
Mobile, AL
Knoxville, TN
Jackson, MS
Birmingham-Hoover, AL
Baton Rouge, LA
Lexington-Fayette, KY

 

Although losing weight is never easy, most doctors recommend the standard advice: regular exercise, plenty of fruits and vegetables and easy on the processed snacks.