A recent study from WalletHub shows that Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville have one thing in common: all four metros are in the top 20 of 100 fattest metros in the country.

The rankings are Chattanooga (16), Knoxville (7), Memphis (3), and Nashville (18).

According to WalletHub's research, almost 40% of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is obese. And the extra pounds have inflated the costs of obesity-related medical treatment to between $147 billion and $210 billion a year and annual productivity losses due to work absenteeism to around $4.3 billion.

Certain locations are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad health. To identify them, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 19 key indicators of weight-related problems.

How Chattanooga ranks among the different categories:

  • 3rd – % of Physically Inactive Adults
  • 5th – % of Adults with High Blood Pressure
  • 6th – % of Adults with Diabetes
  • 24th – % of Adults with High Cholesterol
  • 16th – % of Adults with Low Fruit/Vegetable Consumption

Fattest Cities in the U.S.

 

Overall Rank (1 = ‘Fattest’)

Metro Area

Total Score

‘Obesity & Overweight’ Rank

‘Health Consequences’ Rank

‘Food & Fitness’ Rank

1 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 83.75 2 11 1
2 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 82.48 6 3 3
3 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 82.23 1 25 4
4 Jackson, MS 80.58 14 8 8
5 Mobile, AL 80.23 19 1 34
6 Tulsa, OK 79.62 3 27 13
7 Knoxville, TN 79.59 10 19 14
8 Toledo, OH 79.48 18 10 12
9 Baton Rouge, LA 79.24 23 5 16
10 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 79.23 31 4 7
11 Lafayette, LA 79.00 21 13 18
12 Oklahoma City, OK 78.88 7 20 19
13 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 78.83 24 18 10
14 Columbia, SC 78.78 11 32 9
15 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 78.71 13 2 46
16 Chattanooga, TN-GA 78.50 34 6 11
17 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 78.30 8 16 31
18 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 78.03 4 17 47
19 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 77.88 12 21 25
20 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 77.63 22 22 22
21 Canton-Massillon, OH 77.59 35 7 32
22 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 77.51 26 14 20
23 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 77.40 25 39 2
24 Lexington-Fayette, KY 77.08 9 36 29
25 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 76.98 30 12 30
26 Winston-Salem, NC 76.92 49 9 6
27 Wichita, KS 76.76 38 24 5
28 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 76.34 16 47 24
29 El Paso, TX 76.24 15 56 15
30 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 76.05 20 45 27
31 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 75.98 5 34 51
32 Greensboro-High Point, NC 74.88 43 15 33
33 Huntsville, AL 74.74 27 95 23
34 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 74.44 17 78 38
35 Dayton, OH 74.36 33 37 36
36 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 73.80 57 23 17
37 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 72.83 51 40 21
38 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 72.57 61 38 28
39 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 72.44 41 29 55
40 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 72.34 37 68 40
41 Jacksonville, FL 72.27 44 31 54
42 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 72.20 39 57 53
43 Fort Wayne, IN 72.19 66 26 26
44 Columbus, OH 71.95 28 60 37
45 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 71.52 53 28 44
46 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 71.29 36 76 67
47 Kansas City, MO-KS 70.80 42 74 43
48 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 70.40 45 41 74
49 Asheville, NC 70.40 67 50 52
50 Akron, OH 70.19 54 69 35
51 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 70.00 29 52 75
52 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 69.90 59 46 57
53 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 69.85 64 30 68
54 Richmond, VA 69.83 80 35 39
55 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 69.59 60 67 45
56 Austin-Round Rock, TX 69.45 32 77 79
57 Pittsburgh, PA 69.39 52 59 56
58 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 69.39 46 43 87
59 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 69.38 68 66 41
60 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 69.01 50 44 71
61 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 68.90 40 61 82
62 St. Louis, MO-IL 68.76 47 64 76
63 Portland-South Portland, ME 68.41 69 65 65
64 Albuquerque, NM 68.38 55 83 59
65 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 68.37 48 48 89
66 Raleigh, NC 68.03 65 71 64
67 Manchester-Nashua, NH 67.82 84 49 63
68 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 67.77 73 33 81
69 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 67.52 74 55 58
70 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 67.46 63 51 88
71 Worcester, MA-CT 67.08 79 73 49
72 New Haven-Milford, CT 67.01 82 63 60
73 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 66.70 72 80 61
74 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 66.68 56 58 80
75 Anchorage, AK 66.52 81 54 66
76 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 66.36 62 85 78
77 Tucson, AZ 65.76 85 42 84
78 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 65.70 58 62 95
79 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 65.01 88 88 62
80 Reno, NV 64.84 77 72 86
81 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 64.82 78 86 73
82 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 64.45 87 93 50
83 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 64.03 70 87 91
84 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 64.01 76 53 99
85 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 63.96 95 70 48
86 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 63.38 75 96 83
87 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 63.38 89 97 77
88 Boise, ID 63.00 86 82 90
89 Springfield, MA 62.55 97 79 70
90 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 62.22 71 75 98
91 Colorado Springs, CO 61.39 94 90 72
92 Salt Lake City, UT 61.34 99 84 69
93 Provo-Orem, UT 61.09 100 98 42
94 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 59.82 91 92 93
95 Honolulu, HI 59.76 90 91 100
96 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 59.75 98 94 85
97 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 58.72 83 99 94
98 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 58.45 96 81 96
99 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 58.16 93 89 97
100 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 57.51 92 100 92