Fattest Cities in America

Warning: The list isn’t pretty for the southern part of the United States.


Earlier this year, financial website unveiled its annual ranking of the “Fattest Cities in America,” and the list isn’t pretty for the southern part of the United States. 

Of the 100 metropolitan areas analyzed across 17 key metrics — everything from obesity rates of children, teens and adults, to access to healthy food and recreational facilities — all 10 of the “fattest” cities are south of the Mason-Dixon Line, with Winston-Salem, North Carolina, being the farthest north. 

Where does your hometown fall? 

If you live in Texas or SEC country (Southeastern Conference for all you non-college football fans), cover your eyes. And go easy on the fried food and sweet tea while you’re at it.

Fattest Cities in America, 2017*

1. Jackson, Mississippi

2. Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas

3. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas

4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

5. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

6. Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia

7. Mobile, Alabama

8. Lafayette, Louisiana

9. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

10. Knoxville, Tennessee

*Metropolitan areas

For the complete 100-city list, visit