Perhaps this isn't the best story to run the day after Thanksgiving. But it's true what they say — everything is bigger in Texas. A new report from WalletHub ranks Texas as the ninth fattest state in the nation — we were No. 11 last year.
To determine which states need to trim the fat, the financial website analyzed 17 key indicators of weight-related problems.
WalletHub first looked at the prevalence of obesity among residents. Nearly one-third of adult Texans are obese, meaning a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher; another third are overweight, a BMI of 24-29. Even more alarming is that 19.1 percent of our youngsters are obese, while 17.5 percent are overweight.
The obesity rate in Texas is projected to reach 57 percent by 2030. And what's contributing? Texas has the seventh highest percentage of residents who are physically inactive and ranks No. 19 for percentage of adults who eat less than one serving of fruits and veggies per day. Plus, there are 68 fast food restaurants per 100,000 residents, compared to only seven fitness centers. And 68.7 percent of low-income residents in urban neighborhoods live more than a mile from a grocery store.
These stats shouldn't come as a surprise. Earlier this year, WalletHub ranked San Antonio-New Braunfels (No. 8), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 15), and Houston (No. 22) among the fattest cities in America.
Mississippi weighs in as the fattest state for 2016, followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.