Top 10 Least Healthy Cities in America

obesityGallup-Healthways surveyed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the US in 2012 and 2013. The survey looked at both the physical and emotional health of residents. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is certainly an interesting report to look at and to use as a barometer of healthy living.

As Dan Witters, the research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index said, “When you’re talking about obesity, the big three are healthy eating, exercise, and smoking.”

Certainly, the researchers also found a strong connection between emotional wellbeing and physical health. As Witters explained, “Survey participants who were ‘clinically diagnosed with depression had a significantly elevated probability of carrying around obesity.’”

Here is their list of America’s least healthy cities.

10. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

> Physical Health Index: 72.2

> Obesity rate: 35.1% (5th highest)

9. Spartanburg, S.C.

> Physical Health Index: 71.9

> Obesity rate: 30.0% (34th highest)

8. Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

> Physical Health Index: 71.7

> Obesity rate: 29.7% (40th highest)

7. Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky.

> Physical Health Index: 71.6

> Obesity rate: 33.8% (8th highest)

6. Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla.

> Physical Health Index: 71.4

> Obesity rate: 29.8% (38th highest)

5. Redding, Calif.

> Physical Health Index: 71.4

> Obesity rate: 27.6% (82nd highest)

4. Columbus, Ga.-Ala.

> Physical Health Index: 70.7

> Obesity rate: 32.5% (13th highest)

3. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

> Physical Health Index: 70.5

> Obesity rate: 30.9% (25th highest)

2. Charleston, W.Va.

> Physical Health Index: 69.0

> Obesity rate: 34.6% (6th highest)

1. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio

> Physical Health Index: 66.2

> Obesity rate: 39.5% (the highest)

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