Metro Areas With The Biggest & Smallest Weight Problems

March 6, 2015 • Fashion Blog, Health & Fitness

US Metro Map High and Low Weight Americans

Being seen or described as “fat” or “obese” is both unflattering and detrimental to a person’s self-esteem. It’s even more unflattering when the country that you call home rests at the bottom of a global obesity scale. Around 17 percent of American youth and more than a third of adults were obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That information doesn’t even include the overweight.

Americans spend up to an estimated $210 billion yearly on obesity-related medical treatment. Obesity-related health issues produce indirect effects on the worker and employer alike. For example, absenteeism creates reduced productivity and lost wages. If obesity trends continue on at their current speed, treatment costs could possibly rise to be as much as $580 billion by 2030. However, that provides more than enough time to tip back the scale in favor of good health.

Since it’s National Nutrition Month, WalletHub evaluated 100 of the most inhabited U.S. metro areas to determine where weight-related problems were at their highest for 2015. They did so by inspecting 12 key metrics. Two of those metrics are which percentage of people are physically inactive and which percentage of adults and high school students are obese.


WalletHub discovered that the percentage of adults who are obese is three times higher in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX metro area than in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA metro area. The percentage of residents who are physically inactive is three times higher in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX metro area than in the Provo-Oream, UT metro area. The stats prove we need to get moving and eat less!

– Sia’ Richards

Source: WalletHub

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