10 Most Obese Cities In The US: Americans Refuse To Lose Weight Despite Diet-Related Deaths [VIDEO]
Americans are earning the consequences of their penchant for fast food for quite some time now. A study has revealed the top 10 fattest cities in America, with Jackson, Mississippi coming out on top due to high consumption of unhealthy and fattening foods.
The city has a fat percentage of 84.93 percent, followed close by Memphis, Tennessee at 82.78 percent, according to a new research conducted by WalletHub analysts. The study took several factors into consideration such as overweight adults, cholesterol levels and access to parks and recreational facilities.
Ranking third in the fattest cities in America list is Little Rock, Arkansas at 82.12 percent; McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas is fourth at 82.10 percent; Shreveport, Louisiana has the fifth place in 81.82 percent and sixth is Chattanooga, Tennessee at 79.23 percent.
Mobile, Alabama claimed the seventh spot in the fattest cities in America list at 78.86 percent; Lafayette, Louisiana is in the eighth spot at 77.03 percent, ninth in the ranking is Winston-Salem, North Carolina at 76.74 percent and Knoxville, Tennessee placed in the tenth spot with a 76.73 fat percentage.
Out of the numerous fast food chains in the U.S., America's favorites are In-N-Out Burger, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Marco's Pizza, Chick-fil-A and Firehouse Subs, CNBC listed. Burgers, pizzas, fries and tacos may be tasty but its risks far outweigh that.
Regular consumption of fast food increases people's risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart problems, high blood pressure and vitamin deficiency. In addition, there's a greater chance of developing sleep apnea, asthma, gallbladder and bladder disease, gout and osteoarthritis.
The study also found the Seattle metropolitan area in Washington as the slimmest city in America, with their fat percentage at 51.93 percent. Other "thin" cities are Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington both at 52.04 percent, and Colorado Springs, Colorado at 54 percent.
Americans may be aware that they are not eating healthy, but they do not do anything to change the circumstances. In fact, they continue to eat fast food and other unhealthy foods despite knowing its potentially deadly consequences.
Dr. Jian Zhang of the Georgia Southern University said that more Americans are accepting heavier weight as normal body weight. As more people around them get obese or overweight, they assume that there is nothing wrong with them and that gaining excess weight is a normal way of life, RT reported.
More than one-third (36.5 percent) of adults in the country are obese, according to CDC. Obesity is most prevalent among middle-aged adults aged between 40 and 59 (40.2 percent), and older adults aged 60 and above (37 percent). Younger adults or millennials (aged between 20 and 39) are the thinnest demographic at 32.3 percent.