Executive Education

Revealed: 25 Fattest Cities In America For 2017

Jackson, Mississippi is the fattest city in the U.S., according to a recent study by WalletHub, a finance website, and Memphis is ranked 2nd fattest city. Coming in third on the list of fattest cities in America was Little Rock, Arkansas; followed by McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (NO. 4); Shreveport, Louisiana (NO. 5); and Chattanooga, Tennessee (NO. 6).

Mobile, Alabama was also on the list, coming in as America’s 7th fattest city. It’s also good to point out that all top-20 cities on this list are in the southern United States — mostly in the Southeast.

Perhaps not coincidentally, best fast food chains are all in the southern United States: Chick-fil-A, Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits (the biscuits are as tasty as the name is long), Whataburger (take your McDonald’s and shove it), and Waffle House

So, which city is the fattest in America?

Here are the 25 fattest cities in America:

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  3. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
  4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  5. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  6. Chattanooga, TN-GA
  7. Mobile, AL
  8. Lafayette, LA
  9. Winston-Salem, NC
  10. Knoxville, TN
  11. Columbia, SC
  12. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC
  13. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  14. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  15. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  16. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
  17. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  18. Oklahoma City, OK
  19. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  20. Baton Rouge, LA
  21. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
  22. El Paso, TX
  23. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
  24. Tulsa, OK
  25. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Analysts compared 100 of the most populated cities in America across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems — the 2017 Fattest Cities in America list is based on ratings in 3 categories; overweight or obese population, health problems based on weight, and healthy environments.   

So, which city is the fattest in America?

= Jackson, Mississippi

Where did your city rank?


Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.