Multiple Texas cities ranked among fattest in U.S.

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is known for its indulgent foods, so it may come as no surprise that a number of Texas cities found their way into a new ranking of fattest U.S. cities.

It is well documented that obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. According to the OECD, more than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese. A recent study released by WalletHub ranked the top 100 fattest U.S. cities and put the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area at the top spot.

Here is the ranking of the fattest Texas cities according to the new WalletHub study:

  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission (#1)
  2. San Antonio-New Braunfels (#19)
  3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (#28)
  4. El Paso (#29)
  5. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (#31)
  6. Austin-Round Rock (#56)

The study compared the 100 most populous metro areas in the country, grading each on a 100 point scale. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission scored 83.75, whereas Austin-Round Rock scored 69.45.

Read more on the breakdown of the study here.

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