Two Louisiana Cities Among USA’s Ten Fattest

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:

  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  2. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  3. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  4. Jackson, MS
  5. Mobile, AL
  6. Tulsa, OK
  7. Knoxville, TN
  8. Toledo, OH
  9. Baton Rouge, LA
  10. Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
  11. Lafayette, LA
  12. Oklahoma City, OK
  13. Little Rock, AR
  14. Columbia, SC
  15. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  16. Chattanooga, TN
  17. Louisville, KY
  18. Nashville, TN
  19. San Antonio, TX
  20. Myrtle Beach, SC



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