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New study finds fattest cities in America

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(Meredith) – A new study released by WalletHub has discovered the fattest cities in America. Last year, one of their studies revealed which states were the fattest, but this year, they’ve gone one step further, narrowing down which cities in each state are the healthiest and the least healthy.

[Related: Slideshow: Fattest States in the U.S.]

How much does obesity cost Americans?

According to the study, 40 percent of the U.S. population 15 years old and older is obese. Not only that, but obesity-related medical treatment costs around $316 billion annually. Productivity at work also suffers due to obesity-related absenteeism, which costs the U.S. more than $8.6 billion a year.

Check out the slideshow at the top of this story to see which cities are the unhealthiest.

Source: WalletHub

Discovering the fattest cities

To figure out which cities are the fattest, WalletHub “compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across three key dimensions,” including:

Obesity and Overweight

  • Share of overweight adults
  • Share of obese adults
  • Share of overweight teenagers
  • Share of obese teenagers
  • Share of overweight children
  • Share of obese children
  • Projected obesity rates

Health Consequences

  • Adults with high cholesterol
  • Share of diabetic adults
  • Adults with high blood pressure
  • Heart disease rate
  • Obesity-related death rate

[Click here to view their complete methodology]

Food and Fitness

  • Adults with low fruit/vegetable consumption
  • Residents who say they eat healthy foods
  • Access to healthy food

Ten healthiest cities in America

  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Bloomington, Minn./Wis.
  • Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass./N.H.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Portland, Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore./Wash.

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