Northwest metro areas at bottom of “fattest cities” list

A new analysis of the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas ranked the Portland-Vancouver area as the 99th fattest, followed by the Seattle-Tacoma area.

The fattest city, according to the WalletHub analysis, is Jackson, Miss.

The analysis looked at three areas: obesity and overweight, weight-related health problems and healthy environment.

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro area ranked 88th in the obesity and overweight category, 86th for weight-related problems and 100th in healthy environment.

For comparison, Jackson ranked second, first and 22nd, respectively.

Here’s a list of the top 10 fattest cities:

1. Jackson, Miss.

2. Memphis, Tenn.

3. Little Rock, Ark.

4. McAllen, Texas

5. Shreveport, La.

6. Chattanooga, Tenn.

7. Mobile, Ala.

8. Lafayette, La.

9. Winston-Salem, N.C.

10. Knoxville, Tenn.


And the bottom 10 of the fattest cities list:

91. Sacramento, Calif.

92. San Jose, Calif.

93. San Francisco.

94. Honolulu

95. Boston

96. Colorado Springs, Colo.

97. Denver

98. Minneapolis

99. Portland

100. Seattle

The Spokane-Spokane Valley metro area ranked No. 64.

Some other fun facts from the analysis:

  • San Francisco has the lowest share of obese adults (17.9 percent). McAllen, Texas has the highest (44.9 percent).
  • McAllen also has the highest share of physically inactive adults (36.9 percent).
  • Jackson, Miss. has the highest share of diabetic adults: 15.1 percent.
Marissa Harshman

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at or 360-735-4546.

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