Lubbock, TX adults have the worst diets in America

The numbers don’t lie, 46.2% of adults in Lubbock, TX reported they do not eat healthy and 32.2% of its population are obese, reports financial news Web site 24/7 analyzed the findings of a nationwide Gallup survey of tens of thousands of Americans in 189 communities in all 50 states to identify 40 cities with the worst diets. The survey asked the simple question of, “Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?” and the answers varied from city to city.

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Vegetables and high-quality meat tend to be more expensive than cheeseburgers and fries. Eating decisions are impacted by factors such as money and the availability to healthy food options. Income may partly explain eating choices. The median household income in Lubbock is $47,276, considerably lower than the national median of $60,366 annually. Also contributing to Lubbock’s unhealthy eating habits are the 85.2 fast-food restaurants per 100,000 people, the national average is 73 per 100,000 people.

Top 10 Cities With the Worst Diets

Lubbock, TX
Memphis, TN
Cincinnati, OH
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC metro area
Clarksville, TN-KY
Lexington-Fayette, KY
Wichita, KS
Topeka, KS
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
Tulsa, OK

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In the metro areas where residents reported eating unhealthy, poor health outcomes are a lot more common than in the rest of the United States as a whole. Take obesity, for example. All-but three of the 40 cities with the worst diets have a greater adult obesity rate than the national average.


To identify the 40 cities with the worst diets, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the metro areas where less than 60% of adults reported eating a healthy diet all day, according to Gallup and Sharecare’s 2016 Community Rankings for Healthy Eating report. Population and median household income data was obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. Obesity rates and percentage of adults reporting fair or poor health came from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.

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