Richmond has an ‘obese city’ problem

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Metro-Richmond is home to more obese people than most other large communities in the nation, according to findings released by Gallup.

RichmondGallupThe survey company found 28.8  percent of the more than one million people who live in metro-Richmond were obese.

Richmond ranked as the third “Most Obese Major U.S. Community.”

Memphis, Tenn. (31.9 percent) and San Antonio, Texas (31.1 percent) were numbers one and two on the list.

“The average obesity rate for all large communities was 25.7 percent, almost two points below the national average,” Gallup reported.

Big cities on the “least obese” list include Denver, Colo., San Diego, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Boston, Miami and Washington, D.C. were also listed among the least obese cities.

Another least obese community sits less than an hour west of Richmond. While not large enough to appear on the “major cities” list, Charlottesville ranked as the third least obese community in the nation.

Its 18.7 percent obese rating put it just behind Boulder, Colo. and Naples. Fla. as the nation’s least obese communities, according to Gallup.

What do you think contributes to the Richmond area’s obesity problem? Click here to email us your thoughts or leave comments on the WTVR CBS 6 News Facebook page.

Click here to read more about Gallup’s survey methods.


  • Chrystal

    The city DOES NOT have an obesity problem….and neither does the rest of the country. I understand that some people have health issues, and those aren’t the people I’m talking about….but MOST people are just lazy. Instead of telling the people they have a problem…why not limit the products that allow everyone to become lazier? Why not increase the price of junk food and reduce the price of healthy food?

  • Clotus Jones

    I’m not surprised. 99% of them are women. You see them in Walmart all the time, rolling around on electric carts, bellowing across the aisles at their chocolate smeared, ADHD impaired children. Meanwhile, their spiritually broken, physically gaunt (from working two jobs to support her big ol’ d rear-end) husband silently walks behind her, head down, praying foadden death. That’s how it is in Richmond.

  • Clotus Jones

    You see them at the Golden Corral too. They are enormous women wearing faded Budweiser T-shirts, gesturing angrily with a chicken leg in hand as they scream, mouths full, at their weary, humiliated husbands. Chicken gravy dribbles down their triple chins as they lean into their platters of food, the only sound being grunts, belches, and an occasional explosive episode of flatulence. Meanwhile, these she-boon’s children run wildly around the buffet, screaming and bleating, stopping just long enough to dip their pin-worm infected fingers into the chocolate pudding by the unused salad bar. That’s how it is in Richmond.

  • Steel Mill

    Too many sugar filled sodas also in large containers and this daily.
    Fast food which is quick and cheap.
    Not doing enough or any exercise or movement.
    Please stop making this a race thing, it is a problem with those at the lower end of the economic chain.
    Healthy food (organic, local, fruit, veggies, etc.) is more expensive that is prohibitive for many of these families. Also, it is a problem that is passed on from one generation to the next.
    It is also hard for many of us (myself included) to not go for those sweets like ice cream, cake, cookies,etc. One has to really avoid them, the first step being not bringing them home.
    Long term it is a tremendous burden on the health care system.

  • Bobby R.

    On reading the comments I am reminded of the saying ‘it is better to remain silent(read make a written comment) and be thought a fool than to open your mouth(read make a written comment) and remove all doubt’. Best regards.//blr//

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