Shreveport-Bossier is country’s 8th fattest metro area, according to WalletHub study
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - According to a recent study from WalletHub, the Shreveport-Bossier area is the country’s 8th fattest city.
More than 40% of adults in the U.S. are obese, according to the CDC. In this 2022 study, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated metro areas in the country using 19 key indicators of weight-related issues, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and physical inactivity, among others.
The country’s #1 fattest metro area is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission in Texas, while #100 on the list is Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts/New Hampshire. The top ten metro areas on the list are all in the south, with two in Louisiana (Shreveport-Bossier (#8) and Baton Rouge (#10)). Lafayette, La. came in 12th place, while the New Orleans-Metairie metro area came in 19th place.
WEIGHT PROBLEMS IN SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY (1=FATTEST, 50=AVERAGE)
- 29th – % of overweight adults
- 15th – % of obese adults
- 8th – % of physically inactive adults
- 1st – % of adults with high cholesterol
- 2nd – % of adults with low fruit/vegetable consumption
- 49th – % of adults with diabetes
- 2nd – % of adults with high blood pressure
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