We've all heard that everything is bigger in Texas. But does that apply to the people themselves?

WalletHub compared the 100 most populated metro areas in the country to determine their level of obesity and general unhealthy lifestyle. The metro areas were scored on the following factors:

  • Share of Overweight Adults
  • Share of Obese Adults
  • Share of Overweight Teenagers
  • Share of Obese Teenagers
  • Share of Overweight Children
  • Share of Obese Children
  • Projected Obesity Rates by 2030
  • Share of Adults with High Cholesterol
  • Share of Diabetic Adults
  • Share of Adults with High Blood Pressure
  • Heart-Disease Rate
  • Obesity-Related Death Rate
  • Share of Adults with Low Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
  • Share of Residents Who Say They Eat Healthy
  • Limited Access to Healthy Food
  • Share of Physically Inactive Adults
  • City Friendliness toward an Active Lifestyle
  • Access to Parks & Recreational Facilities
  • Number of Health Educators and Community Health Workers per Capita

In the overall rankings, Texas only had one metro area in the Top 10, McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, TX, but that area ended up in the unfavorable #1 spot. Five other Texas metro areas appeared on the list, ranging from 19th to 56th place.


Overall RankMetro Area‘Obesity & Overweight’ Rank‘Health Consequences’ Rank‘Food & Fitness’ Rank
1McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX2111
2Shreveport-Bossier City, LA633
3Memphis, TN-MS-AR1254
4Jackson, MS1488
5Mobile, AL19134
6Tulsa, OK32713
7Knoxville, TN101914
8Toledo, OH181012
9Baton Rouge, LA23516
10Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC3147
11Lafayette, LA211318
12Oklahoma City, OK72019
13Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR241810
14Columbia, SC11329
15New Orleans-Metairie, LA13246
16Chattanooga, TN-GA34611
17Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN81631
18Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN41747
19San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX122125
20Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC222222
21Canton-Massillon, OH35732
22Birmingham-Hoover, AL261420
23Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC25392
24Lexington-Fayette, KY93629
25Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI301230
26Winston-Salem, NC4996
27Wichita, KS38245
28Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX164724
29El Paso, TX155615
30Charleston-North Charleston, SC204527
31Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX53451
32Greensboro-High Point, NC431533
33Huntsville, AL279523
34Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO177838
35Dayton, OH333736
36Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA572317
37Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA514021
38Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA613828
39Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC412955
40Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI376840
41Jacksonville, FL443154
42Providence-Warwick, RI-MA395753
43Fort Wayne, IN662626
44Columbus, OH286037
45Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN532844
46Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA367667
47Kansas City, MO-KS427443
48Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL454174
49Asheville, NC675052
50Akron, OH546935
51Cleveland-Elyria, OH295275
52Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL594657
53Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC643068
54Richmond, VA803539
55Durham-Chapel Hill, NC606745
56Austin-Round Rock, TX327779
57Pittsburgh, PA525956
58Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA464387
59Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ686641
60Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN504471
61Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD406182
62St. Louis, MO-IL476476
63Portland-South Portland, ME696565
64Albuquerque, NM558359
65Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD484889
66Raleigh, NC657164
67Manchester-Nashua, NH844963
68Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV733381
69Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ745558
70Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI635188
71Worcester, MA-CT797349
72New Haven-Milford, CT826360
73New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA728061
74Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA565880
75Anchorage, AK815466
76Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL628578
77Tucson, AZ854284
78Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI586295
79Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT888862
80Reno, NV777286
81Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA788673
82Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA879350
83Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA708791
84San Diego-Carlsbad, CA765399
85Ogden-Clearfield, UT957048
86San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA759683
87Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT899777
88Boise, ID868290
89Springfield, MA977970
90Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV717598
91Colorado Springs, CO949072
92Salt Lake City, UT998469
93Provo-Orem, UT1009842
94Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH919293
95Honolulu, HI9091100
96Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO989485
97Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI839994
98Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA968196
99Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA938997
100San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA9210092

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