A Weighty Problem
According to the personal finance social network WalletHub, Americans spend up to $210 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatments. In a recent study, WalletHub examined 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 12 key metrics, including the percentage of adults and high school students who are obese and the percentage of people who are physically inactive. A rank of 1 indicates the least obese and most active region, while 100 indicates the most obese and physically inactive region.
In North Carolina, the metropolitan Raleigh area came in at 29th, Asheville ranked 50th, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia ranked 60th,, Winston-Salem ranked 79th and Greensboro-High Point ranked 95th.
For complete results, visit wallethub.com and search for “weight problems.”
Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.