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Columbia Ranks Among the 15 Fattest Cities in America

May 01, 2017 08:48PM ● By Makayla Gay

Wallet hub Study

Americans are the fattest people in the world. By one measure, more than 70 percent of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is overweight or obese. But such a finding should come as no surprise, considering the proliferation of fast-food establishments and increasingly cheaper grocery items that have negatively altered our diets. Unfortunately, the extra pounds have inflated the costs of obesity-related medical treatment to nearly $316 billion a year and annual productivity losses due to work absenteeism to more than $8.6 billion.

But certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad health. To identify them, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems. Our data set ranges from share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.

Weight Problems in Columbia

(1=Fattest, 50=Avg.):

   • 11th – Overall Rank

   • 9th – % of Obese Adults

   • 5th – % of Adults Eating Fewer than 1 Serving of

                 Fruits/Vegetables per Day

   • 29th – % of Adults with Health-Related Problems

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