America's 10 Most Obese Cities

Texas takes two of the top-10 spots in recent survey of metro-area obesity rates

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter news image

They say everything’s bigger in Texas—guess that includes waistlines.

CNBC reports that McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, has the nation’s highest metro-area obesity rate, with 38.8 percent of residents weighing in with a BMI of 30 or higher.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the American city with the lowest obesity rate, at 12.1 percent, is Boulder, Colorado, the network says, but that’s pretty low compared with other parts of the country.

Following McAllen-Edinburg-Mission in the top 10 are Binghamton, New York (37.6 percent), Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia–Kentucky–Ohio (36 percent), Rockford, Illinois (35.5 percent), Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (33.8 percent), Charleston, West Virginia (33.8 percent), Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida (33.5 percent), Topeka, Kansas (33.3 percent), Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington (33.2 percent), and Reading, Pennsylvania (32.7 percent).

The positive here? Obesity rates have stayed the same over the past 10 years or so, according to CNBC. Maybe it’s time for some vacations to Boulder.

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