The results are in: the most obese metro area in the United States is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX – topping the scales with 38.5% obesity among adults in 2012.
And the least obese? Boulder, CO at 12.5% obesity.
A new Gallup-Healthways Poll surveyed 2012 obesity rates in 189 metro areas. Obesity rates were higher than 15% in all but 2 of the 189 areas surveyed; meaning that, to date, no state has met the CDC’s country-wide goal of reducing obesity to 15%.
2012 Most Obese Metropolitan Areas by % Obesity
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (38.5%)
- Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (37.7%)
- Little Rock-N Little Rock-Conway, AR (34.7%)
- Mobile, AL (33.7%)
- Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV (33.4%)
- Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC (33.1%)
- Toledo, OH (33.0%)
- Charleston, WV 32.9%)
- Reading, PA (32.8%)
- Erie, PA (32.5%)
- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (32.5%)
2012 Least Obese Metropolitan Areas by % Obesity
- Boulder, CO (12.5%)
- Charlottesville, VA (14.3%)
- Bellingham, WA (15.9%)
- Fort Collins-Loveland, CO (16.5%)
- Naples-Marco Island, FL (16.6%)
- Denver-Aurora, CO (17.8%)
- San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA (18.0%)
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (18.1%)
- Madison, WI (18.2%)
- Colorado Springs, CO (18.3%)
To see how fast we got so fat, check out this animated map of the CDC’s obesity slides from Atlantic Magazine.