The most obese and least obese Americans can be found in the communities listed on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index’s lists of the “Most Obese United States Communities” as well as the “Lease Obese United States Communities,” according to a Seattle Times report on Thursday.
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index which has been in existence for the past six years, the range of most obese to least obese communities is from the Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio community being ranked as the metropolitan area having the most obese persons in the United States to Boulder, Colorado which is listed as the metropolitan area that has the least obese persons residing there.
The Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio community’s residents have been listed as the most likely to be obese in 2012-2013 at 39.5 percent.
On the other end of the scale, Boulder, Colorado, has had the lowest obesity rate in the United States -for every year except one since 2008 – at 12.4 percent.
The Most Obese United States Communities: Top 10
- Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV (tied with #4)
- Yakima, WA
- Little Rock-N. Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Charleston, WV
- Toledo, OH (tied with #8)
- Clarksville, TN-KY
- Jackson, MS
- tie: Green Bay, WI amd Rockford, IL
The Least Obese United States Communities: Top 10
- Boulder, CO
- Naples-Marco Island, FL
- Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
- Charlottesville, VA (tied with #5)
- Bellingham, WA\San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
- San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (tied with #7)
- Denver-Aurora, CO
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (tied with # 10)
- Barnstable Town, MA
For the lists, Gallup and Healthways surveyed 189 metro areas in 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately, throughout the eight years of ranking the most and least obese communities in the U.S., no state and only one metro area in the U.S. has achieved the goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent.
The data gathered for the report comes from self-reported height and weight data which is used to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) scores.