It’s no surprise to hear that Americans have a weight problem. Not all Americans, but you know, the place in general. But some people are worse off than others. These are the seven fattest cities in America.
7 – San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in more ways than one. In the last decade the city has grown to over two million people.
With over 70% of men and over 50% of women are considered to be either overweight or obese, you have to wonder what everyone was moving towards. If the city doesn’t get its act together it will only be a matter of time until a McDonald’s opens up at the Alamo.
6 – Kansas City, Missouri
One up on San Antonio, Kansas City at least has an excuse. The city is somewhat famous for its regional barbecue food.
Arthur Bryant’s, a restaurant founded in 1908 by Henry Perry – considered the father of Kansas City barbecue – started loading their food with molasses. Luckily, for the people of Kansas City, this phenomenon caught on.
Kansas City now has over 90 barbecue restaurants in the metropolitan area, nearly all of which are thriving on the sale of molasses heavy foods, at the expense of the health of everyone in the city.
5 – Memphis, Tennessee
One of the largest celebrations held in Memphis each year is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking contest. The largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the whole world.
Memphis has great roots, known for being the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and other musical greats. Maybe if Elvis wasn’t from Memphis he would have done something about his later years.
4 – Dallas, Texas
This is where the trend gets obvious. Dallas is a major southern city with a hankering for some barbecue. Dallas is the proud hometown of the restaurant chain Chili’s. Chili’s made the list of most fattening food chains with help of their Jalapeno Smokehouse Bacon Burger.
3 – El Paso, Texas
Texas. Texas, Texas, Texas. Seriously, what is wrong with Texas? As the third of five entries thus far, Texas is proving to be a fat, fat state.
It’s almost as though there’s problems with Texas as a whole.
El Paso’s primarily employers are educational institutions and call centres. In fact, seven of the top ten employers in El Paso are call centres. Which means a huge portion of the population is sitting in a dank cubicle all day being poorly paid.
2 – Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia holds the distinction of being almost the fattest city in the country.
And that’s about it. There is basically nothing interesting at all about Charleston. Shoney’s is from Charleston, though. Gotta love Shoney’s.
And the fattest city in the United States of America is…
1 – Corpus Christi, Texas
And back to Texas we go.
Corpus Christi is the fattest city in the entire country. San Antonio has a 70% obesity rate for men and a 50% obesity rate for women. And Corpus Christi is fatter.
The city briefly offered free wi-fi city wide. Until a local resident ate it. (the service was sold off to Earthlink and ceased being free in 2007.)
Not getting fat isn’t exactly rocket science, but when surrounded by an obesity pandemic, the culture of these cities grow more accepting of being overweight.
Nobody’s perfect, but there are a lot of things you can do to help ensure that you don’t help boost your town onto this list. Check out this list of five super foods you should be eating more of, and don’t be afraid to start practicing healthier habits.