Georgia city among places with highest percentage of overweight adults

Nationwide, 4 in 10 American adults are obese, CDC data says

New data from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 4 in 10 American adults are obese and 1 in 10 are severely obese.

The CDC report released last month notes that obesity is linked to health concerns like heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Annually, it’s estimated that the United States spends more than $190 billion on obesity-related medical treatments.

While the health concerns are national, there are certain places in the United States where obesity is more prevalent. To determine the country’s most overweight and obese cities, WalletHub recently analyzed data from 100 of the most populated cities across 19 indicators.

That included factors like the share of overweight and obese adults, the prevalence of health implications associated with obesity and access to things like healthy food and recreational areas.

The report also considered things like how conducive a city is to an active lifestyle, the number of health educators per capita and the share of residents who say they eat healthy.

On the overall list, Atlanta ranks No. 74 for the percentage of overweight and obese adults in the metro area.

However, another Georgia city ranked much higher up on the list.

WalletHub found that Augusta and the surrounding area ranks 16th in the nation for prevalence of adulthood obesity.

Additionally, Augusta ranked fourth in the nation for places with health consequences related to obesity.

Source: WalletHub

You can read the full report here.