The Most Overweight and Fittest Cities in the United States

10/02/2020

America is known for being one of the most overweight countries in the world. But what percentage of Americans are obese? According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42.4% of Americans are obese. Considering that just 13% of adults in the entire world are obese, that is a startling statistic for America. Clearly, obesity in America is a significant problem.

Our True People Search Insights team crunched the numbers to identify the most overweight and fittest cities in America. Find out which cities came out on top! 

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The Most Overweight and Fittest Cities in the United States

 

The Most Overweight Cities in America

We analyzed data from the CDC on the percentage of adults who were obese and the percentage of adults who do not engage in leisure-time physical activity in 500 cities to determine the fattest cities in America. According to our findings, these are the ten most overweight cities in America:

  1. Gary, IN
  2. Youngstown, OH
  3. Flint, MI
  4. Camden, NJ
  5. Laredo TX
  6. Pharr TX
  7. Detroit, MI
  8. Dayton, OH
  9. Toledo, OH
  10. Brownsville, TX 

Fifty percent of adults in Gary, IN, are obese, and 42.80% admit that they are physically inactive, putting them at the top of our list. Northwest Indiana has had some troubling health statistics for years, including problems with obesity, smoking, and opioid addiction.

 

The Fittest Cities in America

On the other end of the spectrum, we found these to be the ten fittest cities in the U.S.:

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Irvine, CA
  3. Sunnyvale, CA
  4. Fremont, CA
  5. Bellevue, WA
  6. Milpitas, CA
  7. Santa Clara, CA
  8. Newport Beach, CA
  9. San Ramon, CA
  10. Mountain View, CA 

While Boulder, CO, tops the list of fittest cities with 15.40% of its residents being obese and only 27.35% of residents reporting no leisure-time physical activity, it’s California that dominates the list overall. Cities in California make up eight of the top ten fittest cities.

 

Why Is America So Overweight?

There are no definitive answers to why the obesity rate in America continues to rise. The biggest suspects are that Americans eat too much food and exercise too little. Between 2013 and 2016, 36.6% of American adults consumed fast food on any given day. The fast-food situation for children and adolescents is just as dire 36.3% consume fast food on any given day, and 13.8% of their calories are from fast food. 

Inactivity also plays a part in obesity statistics in America. A majority of careers no longer require physical labor like they did years ago, and many Americans sit at a desk or computer for hours on end. It’s estimated that 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise, which for adults is 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

 According to the CDC, the best way to fight the obesity epidemic is through long-term lifestyle changes including healthy eating and physical activity. This will ensure that good diet and exercise habits stick and establish a lifetime of healthful choices.



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