These 2 Carolina Cities Rank Among 2022’s Most Obese Cities in the US

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With March being National Nutrition Month and obesity possibly tripling the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Most Overweight and Obese Cities in the US.

In order to call attention to the communities where weight-related problems are most prevalent, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 19 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.

Myrtle Beach came in at #13 and Winston Salem was ranked #16 in the nation. Charlotte didn’t fair much better, coming in at #37th overall.

Fattest Cities in the U.S.

Overall Rank  Metro Area Total Score  Obesity & Overweight  Health Consequences  Food & Fitness 
1 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 84.78 6 5 1
2 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 83.94 8 2 4
3 Knoxville, TN 83.92 4 1 20
4 Mobile, AL 83.04 3 6 19
5 Jackson, MS 82.94 1 17 9
6 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 82.91 2 10 8
7 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 82.82 5 9 14
8 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 82.76 10 4 12
9 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 82.42 17 3 5
10 Baton Rouge, LA 81.91 13 8 10
11 Chattanooga, TN-GA 80.50 11 23 15
12 Lafayette, LA 80.28 12 21 16
13 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 78.39 32 7 30
14 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 78.24 14 32 25
15 Huntsville, AL 78.24 15 94 23
16 Winston-Salem, NC 78.06 52 11 2
17 Wichita, KS 77.95 40 18 3
18 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 77.65 7 32 39
19 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 77.54 24 14 34
20 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR 77.29 20 36 27
21 Canton-Massillon, OH 77.22 39 12 31
22 Tulsa, OK 77.17 27 25 18
23 Oklahoma City, OK 76.76 23 28 24
24 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 76.59 18 22 43
25 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 76.40 9 24 66
26 Columbia, SC 76.26 36 29 13
27 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 76.08 19 38 33
28 Lexington-Fayette, KY 76.06 22 31 32
29 Greensboro-High Point, NC 76.00 47 16 17
30 El Paso, TX 75.88 16 37 45
31 Fort Wayne, IN 75.87 34 39 7
32 Greenville-Anderson, SC 75.80 41 30 11
33 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 75.68 50 13 26
34 Toledo, OH 75.27 29 45 21
35 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 74.81 45 27 28
36 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 74.53 21 20 77
37 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 74.44 35 15 58
38 Dayton-Kettering, OH 74.41 33 43 40
39 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 74.25 25 59 53
40 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 74.04 56 47 6
41 Richmond, VA 73.18 49 42 36
42 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 72.88 46 34 38
43 Akron, OH 72.66 43 65 37
44 Kansas City, MO-KS 72.48 38 76 29
45 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 71.86 28 40 81
46 Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 71.76 37 80 60
47 Columbus, OH 71.60 42 49 50
48 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 71.26 31 56 73
49 St. Louis, MO-IL 71.17 30 68 64
50 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 71.10 59 73 22
51 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 70.80 71 35 42
52 Asheville, NC 70.76 66 46 47
53 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 70.63 55 26 56
54 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 70.46 26 74 85
55 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 70.25 44 52 69
56 Raleigh-Cary, NC 70.20 57 51 48
57 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70.12 60 66 55
58 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT 68.97 65 78 49
59 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 68.95 73 54 44
60 Pittsburgh, PA 68.83 53 62 75
61 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 68.78 67 57 52
62 New Haven-Milford, CT 68.67 70 70 63
63 Anchorage, AK 68.63 54 86 54
64 Albuquerque, NM 68.42 48 75 84
65 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 68.38 75 19 87
66 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 68.38 64 58 62
67 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 68.21 69 41 74
68 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 68.11 76 72 46
69 Manchester-Nashua, NH 67.51 87 48 59
70 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 67.28 58 81 78
71 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 66.96 61 44 90
72 Jacksonville, FL 66.72 80 64 61
73 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 66.44 63 83 71
74 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 66.37 68 69 82
75 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 66.21 72 79 72
76 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA 66.03 81 50 83
77 Portland-South Portland, ME 66.02 84 82 67
78 Reno, NV 65.96 83 53 70
79 Worcester, MA-CT 65.96 91 67 57
80 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 65.48 51 90 94
81 Springfield, MA 65.44 89 77 68
82 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 65.30 77 98 79
83 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 64.87 96 63 41
84 Boise City, ID 64.76 90 61 76
85 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 64.60 79 88 80
86 Tucson, AZ 64.59 82 55 92
87 Salt Lake City, UT 63.19 97 60 65
88 Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA 62.88 78 97 88
89 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 62.74 74 85 99
90 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 62.10 62 91 98
91 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 61.85 85 93 89
92 Provo-Orem, UT 61.85 100 84 35
93 Colorado Springs, CO 60.96 98 87 51
94 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 60.11 93 71 96
95 Urban Honolulu, HI 59.89 94 89 100
96 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 59.78 92 99 93
97 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 59.40 86 92 97
98 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 59.38 88 96 95
99 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 58.08 99 95 86
100 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 58.05 95 100

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