San Francisco, take a bow. A new national obesity study has found residents of the West Coast metro area have the lowest levels of obesity in the nation, with just 18 percent of its residents tipping the scales – well below the national average of more than 36.5 percent.
At the other end of the scale, the survey found the McAllen, Texas, metro area has the highest share of obese adults – 44.90 percent. That’s 2.5 times higher than in San Francisco.
The 2018 Fattest Cities in America survey, conducted by the personal finance Website WalletHub, was released to coincide with National Nutrition Month, observed every March.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, more than one in three Americans are obese and another third are overweight. Obesity-related healthcare costs add up to $315.8 billion annually, federal statistics show.To spotlight regions where weight-related problems are most prevalent in the U.S., WalletHub compared health stats – including obesity rates – of 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas. The data set ranges from share of obese adults to share of overweight children to projected obesity rates by 2030.
The metro areas with the highest percentage of obese residents:
Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
Those with the lowest percentage of obese residents:
San Franciso-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
Other findings of the survey:
The McAllen, Texas metro area has the highest share of physically inactive adults, 36.9 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in Provo, Utah the metro area with the lowest at 13.6 percent.
The El Paso, Texas, metro area has the highest share of diabetic adults, 15.6 percent, which is 2.6 times higher than in Denver the metro area with the lowest at 6 percent.
The Mobile, Alabama, metro area has the highest share of adults with high blood pressure, 41.2 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in San Jose, California, the metro area with the lowest at 21.4 percent.
To read the full report and your city’s rank, please visit the WalletHub Website.
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