Men’s Health just released their list of the “Fattest Cities In America and the usual suspects made the list. Texas scored five of its cities in the top 10 alone! Take a look:
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Charleston, WV
- El Paso, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Memphis, TN
- Kansas City, MO
- San Antonio, TX
- Baltimore, MD
- Houston, TX
- Birmingham, AL
This list continues to grade 100 U.S. cities using a formula that includes the percentage of people who are overweight, the percentage with type 2 diabetes, the percentage who haven’t left the couch in a month, the money spent on junk food and the number of people who ate fast food nine or more times in a month in each city.
Sounds pretty unhealthy right?
According to the 200 U.S. census these five “Blackest cities” also appeared in the top 10 of Men’s Health’s fattest city list:
- Birmingham, Alabama (73.46%)
- Baltimore, Maryland (64.34%)
- Memphis, Tennessee (61.41%)
- North Charleston, South Carolina (49.41%)
- Kansas City, Missouri (36.77%)
Half of the “America’s Fattest Cities” are cities with large Black/minority populations. This could be a co-incidence but also doesn’t sound that crazy since statistics show that Blacks and minorities have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Source: Elev8.com, menshealth.com