Report: A Mostly Latino Area of South Texas is Most Obese Region in United States


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pollA predominantly Latino region of South Texas is the most obese area of the United States for the third year in a row.

Residents of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area have a 38.5% rate of obesity, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Along with McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Reading, Pa.; and Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, are among the 10 areas with the highest obesity rates for three years in a row.

Nationwide, 26.2% of American adults were obese in 2012, unchanged from 26.1% in 2011.

Residents of the cities with the highest obesity rates receive on average lower annual wages and are less likely to be able to consistently afford food and healthcare than residents of the cities with the lowest obesity rates, according to Gallup-Healthways.

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of Latino kids have obesity (compared to 11.7% of white kids)

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