North Carolina residents aren’t the fattest in the country, but they’re far from the most fit, according to a recent report by WalletHub.
The state ranked 16th on the personal finance site’s list of the “fattest” states in America. (The higher the number, the healthier the state.)
North Carolinians are more fit than some of our southern neighbors — bordering states Tennessee and South Carolina rank third and ninth on the list.
As for cities, those in the Triangle are a bit healthier than the Queen City.
The Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metro area ranked 33rd out of 100 on WalletHub’s ranking of the nations “fattest” cities. On that same list, Raleigh ranked 50th and the Durham-Chapel Hill area was 68th.
So how did North Carolina get its ranking?
Analysts at WalletHub evaluated the states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions:
- the prevalence of obesity and overweight individuals in each state;
- the prevalence of people dealing with an obesity-related health issue;
- food and fitness behavior in each state.
Factors varied from the number of people dealing with issues like high cholesterol to how physically inactive people are in each state.
North Carolina fared better in the site’s ranking of overall obesity, however. In a report that examined only the prevalence of obesity in each state, North Carolina ranked 26th.
WalletHub released the ranking in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month.