According to the recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the average obesity rate in the top-10 fattest metro areas is 34.8 percent. Of those 10 cities, Reading, Penn., and Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla., should be the most proud.
Not only are Reading’s residents racking up the numbers on the scale, but they’re also racking up the body count. The city is annually mentioned in conversations about the nation’s murder capital. That’s right, the nation’s 10th fattest city, with a 32.7 percent obesity rate, also has the highest murder rate per capita. Whether by bullet, diabetes or one of a multitude of heart diseases, a life in Reading is living on the rail.
Also on the list is Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. The seventh fattest city is located in Polk County, which is ironic.
According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, the county has the highest rate of meth use and is the state’s “meth distribution center.” This is further evidenced by the fact that the farther away from Polk County in Florida, the higher the price for meth, according to the NDIC.
It’s safe to say no one has ever seen a mobile home filled with obese meth heads.
Top Ten Fattest Cities
1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
2. Binghamton, N.Y.
3. Huntington-AShland, W.Va., Ky., Ohio
4. Rockford, Ill.
5 (t). Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
6 (t). Charleston, W. Va.
7. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
8. Topeka, Kansas
9. Kennewick-Pasco-Richand, Wash.
10. Reading, Penn.