These are The Fattest Cities in America
In the US, Obesity is fast becoming the biggest health crisis of our generation. There are lots of reasons, from fast food to lifestyle changes and a changing way of working, but the bottom line is we’re getting fat.
In this map, we plotted the percentage of obese people within the larger population. Some of the results, are, quite frankly, scary:
- On average, at least 30.8% of the population is obese. Remember, we’re not talking about putting a few pounds on after your thirties. We’re talking life altering, health threatening obesity. If you take three people, one of them will be obese. That’s INSANE!
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Here are the top 10 fattest cities in America:
|5||39.5%||Roanoke Rapids, NC|
|7||39.2%||Pine Bluff, AR|
|8||39.2%||Rocky Mount, NC|
How Does Obesity Affect America?
- Obese people spend 42% more on healthcare. The estimated cost of obesity related medical treatments is between approximately $147 Billion dollars. That’s nearly 10% of all annual spending on healthcare in the USA
- Childhood obesity is responsible for $14.1 billion in direct healthcare costs.
- Absenteeism related to Obesity costs $4.3 billion each year.
- Lower productivity because of obesity costs employers $506 per obese worker per year.
- As obesity and BMI rises, sick days, medical claims and costs go up as well.
- Obese workers have close to 10 times the costs in medical claims and indemnity claims!
|17||38.1%||Morgan City, LA|
|18||37.8%||Fort Polk South, LA|
|21||37.6%||Lake City, FL|
|22||37.5%||Kansas City, MO-KS|
|34||36.7%||Virginia Beach, VA|
|44||36.2%||Fort Smith, AR|
|57||35.6%||Baton Rouge, LA|
|62||35.4%||New Orleans, LA|
|69||35.1%||St. Joseph, MO|
|70||35.1%||Moses Lake, WA|
|75||34.9%||South Bend, IN|
|98||34.5%||Stevens Point, WI|
|99||34.4%||Battle Creek, MI|
How We Built This Map
The CDC recognizes that obesity is a problem (as do most professionals). They have an entire department that deals with obesity and diabetes. We used their data, and then ranked cities with at least 50,000 people based on the most recent US Census data available.