America'S 10 Fattest (And Leanest) Cities
Go to Google Maps, type in "United States," and you'll be reminded of just how big Texas is. But what you can't see is the size of the state's citizenry: Five Lone Star cities are among the nation's fattest, with Corpulent Christi at the top.
To arrive at our rankings, we calculated the percentage of people who are overweight, the percentage with type 2 diabetes, the percentage who haven't left the couch in a month (CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System); the money spent on junk food (Bureau of Labor Statistics); and finally, the number of people who ate fast food nine or more times in a month (Mediamark Research).
Here are the 10 fattest and 10 leanest cities, as well as the complete list. See where your hometown ranks.
Overall: 1st = Fattest, 100th = Leanest
Other Statistics: Overweight: 1st = Most overweight Obese: 1st = Most obese Diabetes: 1st = Most diabetics Physical Activity: 1st = Least active Fast-Food Visits: 1st = Most
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Overweight: 17th Obese: 2nd Diabetes: 3rd No Physical Activity: 19th Fast Food: 84th
Charleston, WVOverall Ranking: 2nd Overweight: 2nd Obese: 19th Type 2 Diabetes: 16th No Physical Activity: 9th Fast-Food Visits: 98th
El Paso, TXOverall Ranking: 3rd Overweight: 8th Obese: 33rd Type 2 Diabetes: 6th No Physical Activity: 13th Fast-Food Visits: 86th
Dallas, TXOverall Ranking: 4th Overweight: 16th Obese: 6th Type 2 Diabetes: 28th No Physical Activity: 19th Fast-Food Visits: 13th
Memphis, TNOverall Ranking: 5th Overweight: 3rd Obese: 19th Type 2 Diabetes: 8th No Physical Activity: 14th Fast-Food Visits: 62th
Kansas City, MOOverall Ranking: 6th Overweight: 32nd Obese: 4th Type 2 Diabetes: 20th No Physical Activity: 5th Fast-Food Visits: 51st
San Antonio, TXOverall Ranking: 7th Overweight: 19th Obese: 21st Type 2 Diabetes: 11th No Physical Activity: 48th Fast-Food Visits: 68th
Baltimore, MDOverall Ranking: 8th Overweight: 34th Obese: 7th Type 2 Diabetes: 4th No Physical Activity: 3rd Fast-Food Visits: 87th
Houston, TXOverall Ranking: 9th Overweight: 21st Obese: 22nd Type 2 Diabetes: 32nd No Physical Activity: 27th Fast-Food Visits: 31st
Birmingham, ALOverall Ranking: 10th Overweight: 43rd Obese: 3rd Type 2 Diabetes: 1st No Physical Activity: 15th Fast-Food Visits: 92nd Grade: D-
Aurora, COOverall Ranking: 91st Overweight: 51st Obese: 94th Type 2 Diabetes: 94th No Physical Activity: 91st Fast-Food Visits: 6th
Denver, COOverall Ranking: 92nd Overweight: 56th Obese: 92nd Type 2 Diabetes: 95th No Physical Activity: 80th Fast-Food Visits: 26th
Cincinnati, OHOverall Ranking: 93rd Overweight: 77th Obese: 84th Type 2 Diabetes: 43rd No Physical Activity: 68th Fast-Food Visits: 47th Grade: A-
Portland, OROverall Ranking: 94th Overweight: 86th Obese: 65th Type 2 Diabetes: 91st No Physical Activity: 96th Fast-Food Visits: 41st Grade: A-
Albuquerque, NMOverall Ranking: 95th Overweight: 94th Obese: 75th Type 2 Diabetes: 85th No Physical Activity: 75th Fast-Food Visits: 61st Grade: A-
Austin, TXOverall Ranking: 96th Overweight: 95th Obese: 82nd Type 2 Diabetes: 87th No Physical Activity: 65th Fast-Food Visits: 1st
Seattle, WAOverall Ranking: 97th Overweight: 71st Obese: 87th Type 2 Diabetes: 97th No Physical Activity: 93rd Fast-Food Visits: 17th
Washington, DCOverall Ranking: 98th Overweight: 90th Obese: 80th Type 2 Diabetes: 56th No Physical Activity: 77th Fast-Food Visits: 32nd
Burlington, VTOverall Ranking: 99th Overweight: 68th Obese: 95th Type 2 Diabetes: 100th No Physical Activity: 98th Fast-Food Visits: 12th
San Francisco, CAOverall Ranking: 100th Overweight: 100th Obese: 99th Type 2 Diabetes: 57th No Physical Activity: 97th Fast-Food Visits: 35th