Charleston/North Charleston Ranked #37 Fattest Cities in the United States

According to the 2017 findings from WalletHub.com, Charleston/North Charleston, SC was ranked as the 37th fattest city in the United States.  Below is the methodology and the ranking of the top 100 worst states in obesity.

Methodology

In order to determine the fattest places in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across three key dimensions:

  • Obesity & Overweight
  • Weight-Related Health Problems
  • Healthy Environment.

They evaluated those dimensions using 17 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the “fattest.” Data for metrics marked with an asterisk (*) were available only at the state level.

The team then calculated the overall score for each city based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct its final ranking.

Obesity & Overweight – Total Points: 50

  • Share of Overweight Adults: Full Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • Share of Obese Adults: Full Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • Share of Overweight Teenagers: Half*Weight (~5.56 Points) (Note: “Teenagers” includes persons aged 14 to 18.)
  • Share of Obese Teenagers: Half* Weight (~5.56 Points) (Note: “Teenagers” includes persons aged 14 to 18.)
  • Share of Overweight Children: Half* Weight (~5.56 Points) (Note: “Children” includes persons aged 10 to 17.)
  • Share of Obese Children: Half* Weight (~5.56 Points) (Note: “Children” includes persons aged 10 to 17. )
  • Projected Obesity Rates by 2030: Half* Weight (~5.56 Points)

Weight-Related Health Problems – Total Points: 30

  • Share of Physically Inactive Adults: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Adults Eating Fewer than One Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Adults with High Cholesterol: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Diabetic Adults: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Share of Adults with High Blood Pressure: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Heart-Disease Rate: Full Weight (~4.62 Points)
  • Obesity-Related Death Rate: Half* Weight (~2.31 Points)

Healthy Environment – Total Points: 20

  • Active Lifestyle: Quadruple Weight (~13.33 Points) (Note: This metric is based on data from WalletHub’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle ranking.)
  • Access to Parks & Recreational Facilities: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Access to Healthy Food: Full Weight (~3.33 Points) (Note: This metric measures the percentage of urban-area residents who earn a low income and live more than 1 mile from a grocery store or supermarket.)

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, County Health Rankings, United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Trust for America’s Health and WalletHub research.

Source: WalletHub

Fattest Cities in America

Overall Rank (1 = ‘Fattest’) Metro Area Total Score ‘Obesity & Overweight’ Rank ‘Weight-Related Health Problems’ Rank ‘Healthy Environment’ Rank
1 Jackson, MS 84.93 2 1 22
2 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 82.78 3 8 1
3 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 82.12 4 3 14
4 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 82.10 6 2 7
5 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 81.82 1 5 18
6 Chattanooga, TN-GA 79.23 17 7 20
7 Mobile, AL 78.86 14 6 30
8 Lafayette, LA 77.03 5 12 52
9 Winston-Salem, NC 76.74 39 16 2
10 Knoxville, TN 76.73 25 19 23
11 Columbia, SC 76.54 9 29 24
12 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 76.34 13 32 12
13 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 76.03 16 10 25
14 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 75.80 6 47 3
15 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 75.57 10 15 27
16 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 75.20 12 39 33
17 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 75.05 15 21 9
18 Oklahoma City, OK 74.83 19 26 10
19 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 74.48 49 9 31
20 Baton Rouge, LA 74.33 8 4 39
21 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 74.14 34 23 6
22 El Paso, TX 74.13 21 22 11
23 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 73.94 20 34 16
24 Tulsa, OK 73.74 24 20 26
25 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 73.70 26 42 5
26 Toledo, OH 73.44 36 31 4
27 Huntsville, AL 73.43 22 89 35
28 Greensboro-High Point, NC 73.31 29 24 15
29 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 73.17 31 11 28
30 Columbus, OH 73.00 35 27 8
31 Canton-Massillon, OH 72.89 38 17 46
32 Wichita, KS 72.87 28 28 13
33 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 72.31 33 25 21
34 Lexington-Fayette, KY 72.19 23 14 42
35 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 71.71 27 72 29
36 Fort Wayne, IN 71.58 32 18 34
37 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 71.44 18 71 60
38 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 71.22 11 13 45
39 Jacksonville, FL 69.91 61 35 17
40 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 69.54 44 45 56
41 Richmond, VA 69.22 59 33 51
42 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 68.88 53 30 79
43 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 68.73 57 53 40
44 Asheville, NC 68.30 63 69 36
45 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 68.23 54 46 32
46 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 67.86 68 38 66
47 Dayton, OH 67.58 51 62 59
48 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 67.48 79 63 19
49 Worcester, MA-CT 66.57 80 36 75
50 Raleigh, NC 66.30 50 75 37
51 Kansas City, MO-KS 66.20 60 60 38
51 Albuquerque, NM 66.20 42 64 43
53 Akron, OH 66.11 62 65 61
54 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 66.03 45 55 44
55 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 66.01 76 43 84
56 Springfield, MA 65.97 77 54 74
57 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 65.30 40 56 57
58 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 65.05 71 78 47
59 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 65.05 46 49 54
60 Portland-South Portland, ME 64.41 70 92 64
61 Anchorage, AK 64.32 43 59 63
62 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 64.18 47 58 62
63 Manchester-Nashua, NH 64.10 84 68 89
64 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 63.80 75 79 65
65 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 63.72 72 44 50
66 New Haven-Milford, CT 63.58 82 73 94
67 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 63.36 30 57 67
68 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 63.34 52 80 53
69 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 62.63 90 74 85
70 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 62.35 58 37 77
71 Austin-Round Rock, TX 62.29 37 90 49
72 St. Louis, MO-IL 61.82 69 40 76
73 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 61.77 92 76 72
74 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 61.24 41 41 82
75 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 61.24 78 52 70
76 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 61.22 83 77 55
77 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 60.77 73 70 69
78 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60.63 66 50 80
79 Tucson, AZ 60.24 67 67 78
80 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 60.24 55 66 73
81 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60.06 48 48 86
82 Pittsburgh, PA 59.79 56 61 93
83 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 59.72 89 95 99
84 Salt Lake City, UT 58.85 97 82 91
85 Provo-Orem, UT 58.47 98 98 41
86 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 57.66 65 84 92
87 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 57.53 85 51 97
88 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 57.28 81 81 87
89 Reno, NV 57.18 87 83 83
90 Boise, ID 56.46 74 85 96
91 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 56.44 64 88 98
92 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 55.76 96 100 48
93 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 55.72 93 97 71
94 Honolulu, HI 55.45 94 91 81
95 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 54.75 95 87 90
96 Colorado Springs, CO 54.00 99 93 68
97 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 53.53 100 99 58
98 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 53.46 86 96 88
99 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 52.04 88 86 100
100 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 51.93 91 94 95
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