Houston can take a sigh of relief as they continue to descend on this naughty list. Wallethub has released their annual “Fattest Cities In America” list and two Louisiana metropolitan areas caught our attention.
#9 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Capitol City of the Bayou State performed most poorly in the category of “health consequences” at #5, a metric which includes rates of high cholesterol, diabetic adults, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity-related death.
Baton Rouge was 16th worst in ‘food & fitness’ and 23rd worst in ‘obesity & overweight’.
#2 – Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
The twin cities of Northwest Louisiana out-performed the rest of the Cajun nation, also receiving its worst marks in the ‘health consequences’ category. It placed 1st for “highest % of adults with low fruits/vegetable consumption”, 2nd for “highest % of adults with high cholesterol”, and 2nd for “highest % of adults with high blood pressure”.
Shreveport-Bossier performed exceptionally poorly as well in the other two main categories of ‘food & fitness’ (3rd worst) and ‘obesity & overweight’ (6th worst).
Louisiana’s 3rd most populous metropolitan area was named fatter than all other cities except “McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX”. The trio is ranked 1st for “highest % of obese adults” and 1st for “highest % of physically inactive adults”.
Texans just always have to be first, don’t they? In this case, Louisiana doesn’t mind.
Here’s America’s fattest cities:
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Memphis, TN-MS-AR
- Jackson, MS
- Mobile, AL
- Tulsa, OK
- Knoxville, TN
- Toledo, OH
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
- Lafayette, LA
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Little Rock, AR
- Columbia, SC
- New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Chattanooga, TN
- Louisville, KY
- Nashville, TN
- San Antonio, TX
- Myrtle Beach, SC