How fat is your city? If you live across the south, there’s a very good chance you currently live in one of the 20 fattest cities in America. The team at WalletHub released its fat findings Wednesday and honored McAllen, Texas as the Fattest City In America 2021. It was quite a battle between McAllen and Memphis for bragging rights, but in the end, it was the city sitting on the Mexico-U.S. border that took home the title.
The key for McAllen was placing No. 1 in the Health Consequences and Food & Fitness categories. Little Rock, Arkansas won the Obesity and Overweight category with Memphis hot on its heels.
How did WalletHub come up with its findings? Researchers pored over data from multiple agencies.
“In order to determine the fattest cities in America, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across three key dimensions: 1) Obesity & Overweight, 2) Health Consequences and 3) Food & Fitness,” WalletHub said in its report.
“We evaluated those dimensions using 19 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the “fattest.” Data for metrics marked with an asterisk (*) were available only at the state level.
“We then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.”
As for the city with the fewest obese adults, that title went to Asheville, North Carolina where all the health nut overachievers go to hangout amongst each other.
In what shouldn’t be a surprise, SEC states dominated the high blood pressure category with Jackson, MS taking home top honors followed by Shreveport, Birmingham, Augusta, Georgia and Little Rock.
Go find where your tubby city ranks unless you’re from Asheville and you can go eat a burger and suck down a low cal IPA.