Americans have a global reputation for unhealthy eating habits that have led to a national obesity rate of nearly 40%. The situation seems to only be getting worse.
Healthy eating was at its lowest level in 2016, the latest year for which data is available. About 63.3% of U.S. adults reported eating healthy all day the previous day, surpassing the previous low of 67.7% in 2010, according to a Gallup poll. This meant an increase of more than 10 million American adults with poor diets.
Gallup asked tens of thousands of Americans in 189 communities in all 50 states, “Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?” And the answers varied from city to city. 24/7 Tempo reviewed the cities with the highest shares of residents reporting unhealthy eating habits.
Of the 40 cities with the highest share of residents eating unhealthy diets, all but four are either in the South or the Midwest. In the metro area with the worst diet in the nation only slightly more than half of adult residents reported healthy eating. By contrast, in the region with the best diet 75.3% of adults said they are eating healthy.