Looked in the mirror lately?  Thought you might be packing a little too much poundage in the mid-section?  Odds are, if you live in Shreveport/Bossier, you're exactly right.

In the midst of National Nutrition Month, the website WalletHub just released their analysis of the 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas to identify those where weight-related problems call for heightened attention and Shreveport/Bossier City sits at Number Two.  In the entire country!  Only behind Memphis.  In fact, two of the Top 5 Fattest Cities in America are here in Louisiana with New Orleans coming in at Number 5.

Couple this with the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the United States is dead last on a global obesity scale, this could make for a good argument that Shreveport/Bossier is the second fattest city in the world!

Some other startling statistics about Louisiana include:

  • Shreveport/Bossier #1 for "Weight Related Health Problems"
  • Baton Rouge #2  and Shreveport/Bossier #5 for "Highest Percentage of Obese Adults"
  • Lafayette #5 for "Highest Percentage of Physically Inactive Adults"
  • Four-way tie for #1 between New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Shreveport/Bossier for "Highest Percentage of Adults Eating Fewer Than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables Per Day"
  • Shreveport/Bossier #5 for "Highest Percentage of Diabetic Adults"
  • Shreveport/Bossier #2 for "Highest Percentage of Adults With High Blood Pressure"

According to WalletHub:

This report takes a more holistic approach to problems related to weight by not only accounting for both “overweight” and “obese” residents but also including a total of 14 key metrics, ranging from “percentage of physically inactive adults” to “percentage of adults eating fewer than one serving of fruits or vegetables per day.”


WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas for which no data limitations existed across three key dimensions: 1) Fat Prevalence, 2) Weight-Related Health Problems and 3) Healthy Environment.


Source: WalletHub