Top 20 Fattest Cities Are All In States That Will Be Hurt Most By Obamacare Repeal

Chattanooga, Tennessee, which saw the Tennessee River restored from a sewer of pollution because of the Clean Water Act and the city revitalized largely because of the federal government’s Tennessee Valley Authority, is one of the most obese cities in the US, in a Red State that is one of the most dependent on federal support, pushing to repeal Obamacare © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

In light of  March being National Nutrition Month and Americans collectively spending up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Fattest Cities in America.

Do you know what they found? The Top 20 Fattest cities in America are all in Republican states where the calls to overturn the Affordable Care Act are most shrill. To use Trump’s OMB Director Mike Mulvaney’s argument, why should San Francisco and San Jose people, with the lowest share of obese adults, pay a premium for their health care?

What is more, based on another study by WalletHub 2017’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States, they are also the states MOST dependent on federal support, because they don’t collect enough taxes (popular with voters!), but throw the bill to Uncle Sam, all the while complaining about taxes, Big Bad Government, the national debt, and how horrible it is to provide services like health care and food stamps and Meals on Wheels for the poorest and most vulnerable.

Here are the two tables provided by WalletHub:

In order to call attention to the communities where weight-related problems are most prevalent, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key metrics. The data set range from share of obese adults to share of overweight children to projected obesity rates by 2030.

Top 20 Fattest Cities in America

1

Jackson, MS

11

Columbia, SC

2

Memphis, TN

12

Greenville, SC

3

Little Rock, AR

13

Birmingham, AL

4

McAllen, TX

14

San Antonio, TX

5

Shreveport, LA

15

Louisville, KY

6

Chattanooga, TN

16

Myrtle Beach, SC

7

Mobile, AL

17

Houston, TX

8

Lafayette, LA

18

Oklahoma City, OK

9

Winston, NC

19

Augusta, GA

10

Knoxville, TN

20

Baton Rouge, LA

Key Stats

The San Francisco metro area has the lowest share of obese adults, 17.9 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the highest at 44.9 percent.
The San Jose, Calif., metro area has the lowest share of physically inactive adults, 16.1 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the highest at 36.9 percent.
The Des Moines, Iowa, metro area has the lowest share of diabetic adults, 6.1 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Jackson, Miss., the metro area with the highest at 15.1 percent.
The San Jose, Calif., metro area has the lowest share of adults with high blood pressure, 21.4 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mobile, Ala., the metro area with the highest at 41.2 percent.

To read the full report and your city’s rank, you can visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/fattest-cities-in-america/10532/

In order to identify which states most and least depend on federal support, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government; federal funding as a share of state revenue; and share of federal jobs.

Most Federally Dependent States

Least Federally Dependent States

1

Kentucky

41

New Hampshire

2

Mississippi

42

Connecticut

3

New Mexico

43

Massachusetts

4

Alabama

44

Nevada

5

West Virginia

45

Kansas

6

South Carolina

46

California

7

Montana

47

Illinois

8

Tennessee

48

New Jersey

9

Maine

49

Minnesota

10

Indiana

50

Delaware

Key Stats

With an average dependency rank of 20.10, Red States are altogether more reliant on federal funding than Blue States, which ranked 33.65 on average. (The lower the rank, the more dependent the state.)
There is a 67 percent correlation between a state’s federal dependency and its per-capita GDP. That means the least wealthy states tend to receive the most federal support.
Illinois is the fourth least federally dependent state, making sense of the fact that it has the highest tax rates in the nation. On the flip side, Delaware is the most federally dependent state and, as can also be expected from that rank, pays the second lowest tax rates.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700/

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