2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
According to the State of Obesity’s data, the obesity rate in Texas is 31.9 percent, while in McAllen the rate significantly exceeds the state average and it has reached 38.8 percent, according to Gallup’s data from 2014. Gallup-Healthways conducted a survey for which respondents were asked about their height and weight, and those who had BMI 30 or higher were considered obese.
According to Gallup, almost 40 percent of McAllen’s population suffers from obesity. The researchers conducted the survey over the phone and they reported that the respondents were mainly unaware of all the health risks their obesity brings along. This Metropolitan Area has the highest rate of obese people in entire Texas, and it doesn’t seem to be dropping.