The 8 Most Obese Cities in America (and the Foods Fat People Love in That Area)

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'Merica: we're fat.

America is a country full of fat people. From sea to shining sea, we dine on fast food, pre-prepared foods from the grocery store and processed foods. We love sweet things, rich things, salty things, creamy things. (Or, preferably one giant obesity cake that includes all of those flavors, thank you very much.) But in what areas do the fattest people in our country live?

According to Prevention magazine, “These urban centers have the highest rates of heart disease and obesity in the country, perhaps because they seem to promote sedentary lifestyles and diets heavy on fast food but light on fresh produce.” Is your city on the list? You might be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised …

  • 8. Louisville, Kentucky 1 of 16
    8. Louisville, Kentucky
    Get ready to be grossed out: "Louisville contains more McDonald's outposts per capita (39) than any city in the country, according to a Daily Beast/Newsweek report, plus 20 Arby's, 17 Dairy Queens and 19 Papa John's," according to Prevention. But what food are they really famous for?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Fried chicken, of course! 2 of 16
    Fried chicken, of course!
    Louisville is the home of KFC, formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. To this day, Colonel Sanders' face graces many spots in the city.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 7. Tulsa, Oklahoma 3 of 16
    7. Tulsa, Oklahoma
    "Only 6% of Tulsa residents live in a neighborhood with a walk score of 70 or above (100 being best), and 57% live in entirely car-dependent locales," Prevention reports. So what do Tulsa folks like to eat best?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Burgers and Chili 4 of 16
    Burgers and Chili
    At Ike's in Tulsa, burgers are topped with bacon that has been soaked in jalapeno juices and jalapenos that have been soaked in burger grease. Wow.
    Photo via Tulsa Food
  • 6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5 of 16
    6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    The "Creole and Cajun cuisines Baton Rouge is known for contain lots of ... fat, probably one reason the residents' arteries are in danger," notes Prevention. Another favorite fatty food in Baton Rouge?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Biscuits and Cheese Grits 6 of 16
    Biscuits and Cheese Grits
    These are from Frank's Restaurant on Airline Highway.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 5. Dallas, Texas 7 of 16
    5. Dallas, Texas
    Prevention says, "Despite its big city status, only 7% of Dallas residents' trips are taken by foot or bike, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking." That's one reason why Dallas residents are unhealthy. Another?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Tex-Mex 8 of 16
    These enchiladas are from El Fenix, voted the best Tex-Mex joint in Dallas.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 4. New Orleans, Louisiana 9 of 16
    4. New Orleans, Louisiana
    Thanks to the "city's general celebration of self-indulgence ... it's not hard to imagine why New Orleans denizens are more likely to be obese than those of many other cities," Prevention reports. What's their favorite food?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Muffulettas 10 of 16
    According to, "The sandwich was invented in 1906 at the Central Grocery and has been a signature New Orleans treat ever since .... The sandwich is served on an entire round loaf of Italian bread (about 10 inches across) and then piled high with Provolone cheese, Genoa salami and Cappicola ham, and then topped with olive salad — chopped, green un-stuffed olives, pimentos, celery, garlic, cocktail onions, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil, red-wine vinegar, salt and pepper."
    Photo via Flickr
  • 3. Lubbock, Texas 11 of 16
    3. Lubbock, Texas
    According to Prevention, "32% of Lubbock residents are obese, in no small part due to the preponderance of artery-clogging ..." What?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Barbeque Joints 12 of 16
    Barbeque Joints
    I haven't been to Lubbock, but I've been to Austin, and I had the best brisket I've ever had in my life ... off a food truck. OMG.
    Photo via
  • 2. Fort Wayne, Indiana 13 of 16
    2. Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Fort Wayne residents are fat, but happy. "On a scale of 'city optimism' it comes in six points above the national average," Prevention reports. So what are they eating that keeps them so jolly?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Donut Burgers 14 of 16
    Donut Burgers
    During the Three Rivers Festival, visitors can get donut burgers at the famous Junk Food Alley. You might also try elephant ears, lemon shakeups, fried tenderloins or a deep-fried candy bar.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 1. Detroit, Michigan 15 of 16
    1. Detroit, Michigan
    According to Prevention, "Detroit residents report more heart disease diagnoses than any other big city in the nation ... and 33% of them are obese." Why?
    Photo via Flickr
  • Detroit Coneys 16 of 16
    Detroit Coneys
    These are from Detroit's Lafayette Coney Island.
    Photo via Yelp

Some cities I thought for sure would be on this list are Buffalo, NY (known for its chicken wings and epidemic of strokes) and Chicago, IL (known for Chicago hot dogs and deep dish pizza). I’m not surprised there are no West Coast cities on this list. Enjoy your salads, Cali!

Visit Prevention‘s expose on The 8 Most Artery-clogging Cities in America for more info about each of these cities and what you can do to change your lifestyle if this info sounded all too familiar — and these food photos looked all too yummy. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go finish this Domino’s pizza I ordered for dinner. Chow!

Main photo via Flickr

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