A whopping 34.9 percent – or 78.6 million – of American adults are obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The statistics for children are not very encouraging either, with 17 percent of those between 2 and 19 years old reported to be obese. That’s 12.7 million kids.
While obesity is a trend that needs to be reversed, old habits die hard — and it takes a lot more than studies, awareness campaigns and enthusiasm to achieve a healthy weight. It’s hard to break away from tradition when it makes everything more delicious (think fried food in the South).
In order to determine where people in America are most content with their lives, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.
Overall, towns with the unhealthiest habits are in the South.