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Do Fattest Cities Also Spend the Most on Fast Food?

Every now and again research surfaces on who gets the dubious distinction of being the fattest city in the U.S. While it may serve as a bit of humiliation, it should also be good to motivate residents of those cities to make better health decisions.

Recently, the folks at compiled spending data on the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to see which spent the most at some of the biggest fast food chains in the world: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, Arby’s, and Burger King.

We’ll do a little comparison of our own to see if there is a correlation between the fattest cities and those that spend the most at the aforementioned fast food restaurants. A lot of us would probably figure it to be a logical conclusion that the two statistics would be connected, but there is only one solid link: Texas.

According to a 2010 report done by Men’s Health magazine, Texas towns claim five of the top 10 spots for heaviest citizens: Corpus Christi, El Paso, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. The city that spends the most on fast food is also in Texas (Plano, Texas), but isn’t itself in the top 10 fattest cities.

Here are the top five cities in fast food spending:

1. Plano, Texas: Residents spend 2.33 times the national average on fast food.

2. Madison, Wisconsin: Residents spend 1.94 times the national average on fast food.

3. Wichita, Kansas: Residents spend 1.94 times the national average on fast food.

4. Akron, Ohio: Residents spend 1.5 times the national average on fast food.

5. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Residents spend 1.78 times the national average on fast food.

One other interesting correlation: Kansas City, Missouri was number six on this list, spending 1.56 time the national average on fast food. They are also number six in the list of fattest cities.

(via: / Men’s Health / image: flickr / Vassilena)

August 18th, 2011

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