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Fattest City in America? Men's Health Ranks 100 US Cities by Weight

Fittest and Fattest Cities According to Men's Health

Every year Men's Health magazine likes to flex its research muscle and rank 100 US cities by their heft. Well, there is a bit more criteria involved than just BMI.

To create the ranking, Men's Health looked at: percentage of the city's population who are overweight; the percentage of citizens diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; the percentage of residents who haven't left the couch in a month based on the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (an ongoing telephone survey); the money spent on junk food using figures on consumer spending from Bureau of Labor Statistics; and finally, the number of people who ate fast food nine or more times in a month with stats coming from Mediamark.

Based on all that info, here are the 10 cities found to be the fattest in the nation:

  1. Corpus Christi, TX
  2. Charleston, WV
  3. El Paso, TX
  4. Dallas, TX
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Kansas City, MO
  7. San Antonio, TX
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Houston, TX
  10. Birmingham, AL

Curious to see if any Texas city is ranked in the top 10 leanest cities? Then


  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Burlington, VT
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Albuquerque, NM
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Cincinnati, OH
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Aurora, CO

Nice to see that my fair city is high up in the ranks. Is your city on either list?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Anon 16 - That's not how percentages work. Are you sure you're from El Paso TX because it's far from a small town at 649,121 people (according to the census for 2010). Lol. El Paso is on the Top 25 biggest cities list.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 6 years
Glad to see there's only one east coast city on the fat list. Baltimore surprised me honestly but I have only passed through there a few times. I can personally vouch for Kansas City being awful and having very little healthy options as far as food goes. I never ate so much fast food in my life as when I visited there.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Siggy, maybe it's been a while since you've been to D.C., but people around here are actually very fit. Almost everything you mentioned about Albuquerque can also be applied to D.C. The people in the gyms are very fit, there are people involved in recreation everywhere, whether it's running (in running clubs or solo), softball, kickball, or volleyball (all of which are very popular here). Most people do subscribe to a tv provider, but, for a lot of people, that's to get political news. And, watching tv in moderation doesn't mean you're not fit. There are discount health food stores here as well, in addition to a ton of farmer's markets. Heck, even the corner store on my block stocks a ton of health food options. Also, there are some great trails in this area, as well as amazing parks (like Rock Creek Park) that offer a ton of green space to work out in (like tlsgirl mentioned). What specifically about the method they used do you think leads to bias? And why do you think your observations are more accurate than the methods used in compiling the list?
lemuse20 lemuse20 6 years
8.Cincinnati, OH... rreeeeaally?!!?
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
LOL! I live in Corpus right now. Corpus isn't even a big city! What's weird is a while back, I pointed out that we have a lot of FIT people here. I guess it's a mix. We have a really pretty stretch of road called Ocean Drive that runs along the bay, I see a lot of runners there. Going to the grocery store though, I absolutely see how it's possible. Lots of carts just loaded with meat and processed foods. As they say, everything is bigger is Texas.
chequettex chequettex 6 years
Hmm. My city, Chicago, is not on either list. But that's probably because, like other big cities (LA, NYC) there is too much diversity to be on either list. Yes, there are a lot of hefty people here who only eat fast food, but there are also a lot of healthy people who walk or bike to work and eat healthy food.
amybdk amybdk 6 years
Hilarious! Cincinnati is on the top 10 LEANEST?! :rotfl:
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest, nice to see Portland and Seattle up there....clearly our liquid sunshine doesn't keep people from being out and about :)
trinachka trinachka 6 years
Technically I don't live in San Francisco, but living on the peninsula in the Bay Area (between San Francisco and San Jose, with close access to hiking trails, gyms and yoga studios galore, and farmers' markets nearly every day) definitely has its health perks.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Yay #3! There's so much green space here it's hard not to take advantage of it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Yay! My city is number three on the leanest list, which doesn't surprise me at all. I seem to always see people out running.
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