Evansville, IN was Once the Most Obese City in America, Where Does It Rank in 2023?
In 2011, Evansville was voted the most obese city in America. After over a decade, let's see where we rank in 2023.
According to the International Business Times, in 2011, "the city of Evansville, Indiana has the most obese metropolitan area in the nation." That is a stigma that has stuck with Evansville for over a decade now. Some people still like to hang on to that statistic as some claim to fame for Evansville. I'll still randomly see people on social media comment on an article or post about Evansville, saying that it's the most obese city in the country. However, that was in 2011. A lot has changed since then. Does Evansville still rank at the top of that list after a decade?
Is Evansville, Indiana Still the Most Obese City in America in 2023?
WalletHub just released their findings in their study for the Most Obese and Overweight Cities In America for 2023. Here's how the website came to its findings:
Certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of poor health, though. To identify them, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 19 key indicators of weight-related problems. Our data set ranges from the share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.
That being said, when looking at the top 100 to see where the city of Evansville is ranked, it was nowhere to be found. That's right, Evansville, Indiana went from being the most obese city in America in 2011, to not even in the top 100 in 2023.
Apparently, Evansville has been working out, changed our eating habits, or has found some other way to get onto a more healthy lifestyle. That's great news for the city of Evansville, and will hopefully help eliminate the stereotype that the city received back in 2011. So, the next time you hear someone mention that Evansville is the "fattest city in the country", show them this and remind them not to live in the past!
You can take a look at the full list of the most obese cities in America for 2023 by clicking here.