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Look How Fast We Got So Fat!

Look How Fast We Got So Fat!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.

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