Study Says Jackson, Mississippi, is the ‘Fattest City in the World’

Jackson, Miss., is the “fattest city in America,” according to a recent study.

WalletHub announced the rating Wednesday with the release of its Fattest Cities in America study. Analysts “compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems.”

According to the study, Jackson is the No. 1 city in the nation for diabetes. It took second place spots for the percentage of physically inactive adults and the percentage of adults eating fewer than one serving of fruit or vegetables a day.

The state capital scored fourth for percentage of adults with high blood pressure, seventh for the percentage of obese adults and two 10th-place spots for adults with high cholesterol and access to healthy food.

Coming in second on the list of fattest cities was Memphis. All the cities in the top 20 are in the southern United States — mostly in the Southeast. Three are in Texas (McAllen, Houston and San Antonio) and Oklahoma City.

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SOURCE: USA Today; The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, Sarah Fowler