While I wish this research was available for the Canadian market, the findings drawn some interesting conclusions.
Wealthier cities have the lowest obese rates. It appears, that the more educated and wealthier you are, the better the food choices you make or can afford.
Here is the US research described below:
USA Today reports that Gallup is out with its rankings of the nation’s most and lest obese cities, and among the broad brush conclusions that can be drawn are that a) you are more likely to be thinner if you live in Colorado or California, and b) nobody should get too full of themselves since all but one of the 189 cities analyzed had an obesity rate above 15 percent.
According to the story, “The entire top 10 among the least obese cities were Boulder, Colo. (12.4% obesity rate); Naples, Fla. (16.5%); Fort Collins (18.2%); Charlottesville, Va. (18.2%); Bellingham, Wash. (18.7%); San Diego (19.3%); Denver (19.3%); San Jose (19.5%); Bridgeport, Conn. (19.6%); and Barnstable Town, Mass. (19.6%). It is easy to observe that these cities tend to have concentrations of well-to-do Americans.”
And, the story goes on: “Among the most obese cities: Huntington, W. Va. (39.5%); McCallen, Texas (38.3%); Hagerstown, Md. (36.7%); Yakima, Wash. (35.7%); Little Rock (35.1%); Charlestown (34.6%); Clarksville, Tenn. (33.8%), Jackson, Miss. (33.8%); Green Bay (33.0%); and Rockford, Ill. (33%). Note the concentration of poor cities south of the Mason-Dixon line and in old northern cities where manufacturing industries have been destroyed.”