America’s Most Obese Cities

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Forbes has a run down of the most obese cities in the US. Suffice to say I have a few issues with their methodology, but it is interesting to see fully half of them (and arguably a couple more, depending on how you define the region) are in what I would call the South. As Jesse and I can attest, southern cooking isn’t what one would call the healthiest in the world – although I’d rank it up there for yummiest! I thought it was interesting how they showed a link between poverty and obesity. I can tell you from first hand experience, it’s expensive to eat healthy.

4 thoughts on “America’s Most Obese Cities

  1. This Forbes article is another example of Journalists having no idea of how to use geography and/or socioeconomics. Its easy to eat unhealthy but just as easy to eat healthy. Healthy eating is not a function of cost in the US, it deals more with convenience.

  2. I think another part of what is missed here is what we consider poor. What a country we have if even our poor are obese. What is considered poor in other countries are starving people.
    It is expensive to eat “trendy-healthy” but getting to basics of healthy food is not expensive, it is just time consuming to prepare. So in essence we pay for convienience.

  3. I think another part of what is missed here is what we consider poor. What a country we have if even our poor are obese. What is considered poor in other countries are starving people.
    It is expensive to eat “trendy-healthy” but getting to basics of healthy food is not expensive, it is just time consuming to prepare. So in essence we pay for convenience.

  4. It’s interesting to note that only one of the cities in their list was actually above the national average obesity rate. Cities remain slimmer than the suburbs and rural areas of the nation. Why is this? Certainly walk/bikeability keeps our city dwellers thinner. I also have a sense that city dwellers are more concerned with their appearance, perhaps because density leads to more people seeing you.

    It would be good to look at how obesity is affected by the interaction between income levels and urban/suburban/rural.

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