A recent analysis by wallethub.com compiled a list of the nation's most overweight and obese cities in the United States. One Maine metro area on the list was Portland whose stats on consuming fruits and veggies prove to be pretty impressive compared to the rest of the nation's metro areas on the list.

The data compiled showing the lowest percentage of adults with low fruit/vegetable consumption, another way of saying adults who eat their vegetables, Portland came in best on the list. Good job, Portland!

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Northern New England metro areas ranked low

Overall on the list, the Portland and South Portland metro area ranked #77 out of the 100 metro areas for most overweight and obese in the nation.  Another northern New England metro area ranked last on the list at #100. The metro area of Boston, Cambridge, and Newton, Massachusetts along with New Hampshire was listed last on the list, proving to be the healthiest metro areas on the list.

The most overweight and obese cities in the United States

The overall analysis compared 100 of the most populated metro areas in the United States with three components: obesity and overweight, health consequences, and food and fitness. Information was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other government and surveying data centers.

The results indicated that southern cities along with mid-western cities seemed most overweight and obese in the United States.

The cities that topped the list of the metro areas in the United States that are most overweight and obese included the following:

  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  2. Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas
  3. Knoxville, Tennessee
  4. Mobile, Alabama
  5. Jackson, Mississippi
  6. Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
  7. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
  8. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
  9. Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia and South Carolina
  10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana


So keep eating those fruits and veggies, Portland metro area! You make us proud and healthy!

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