With waistlines continuing to rise across the country, obesity is becoming a major public health issue that is overshadowing many communities with its negative impacts. The effects of obesity ripple across society, from heart disease to type 2 diabetes and beyond, adding to an increasing number of avoidable illnesses and early deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new statistics that presents a startling picture of the nation's weight epidemic: the prevalence of obesity has increased to 41.9%. A closer look reveals a concerning trend, with 22 states reporting adult obesity rates at or over 35%, according to the Trust for America's Health. These numbers serve as a stark reminder that America's fight against obesity is far from done. 24/7 Tempo took on the responsibility of looking at everything and produced all of this information in order to identify the epicenters of this problem.

Are you ready to see what the most obese cities are in our region?


Minnesota: St. Cloud

  • Adults who are obese: 34.80% (state: 30.6%)
  • Adults who don’t exercise: 21.50% (state: 18.7%)
  • Adults who report poor or fair health: 11.60% (state: 10.0%)
  • Adults with diabetes: 8.30% (state: 7.8%)
  • Adults who get <7 hours of sleep a night: 30.80% (state: 27.8%)
Rapid City South Dakota

South Dakota: Rapid City

  • Adults who are obese: 32.80% (state: 33.4%)
  • Adults who don’t exercise: 21.30% (state: 21.6%)
  • Adults who report poor or fair health: 10.80% (state: 10.4%)
  • Adults with diabetes: 8.10% (state: 6.9%)
  • Adults who get <7 hours of sleep a night: 28.60% (state: 29.5%)
Grand Forks North Dakota

North Dakota-Minnesota: Grand Forks

  • Adults who are obese: 35.90% (state: 33.6%)
  • Adults who don’t exercise: 23.40% (state: 24.6%)
  • Adults who report poor or fair health: 11.60% (state: 11.6%)
  • Adults with diabetes: 8.90% (state: 9.3%)
  • Adults who get <7 hours of sleep a night: 31.90% (state: 30.5%)
Great Falls Montana

Montana: Great Falls

  • Adults who are obese: 35.00% (state: 28.9%)
  • Adults who don’t exercise: 21.30% (state: 18.0%)
  • Adults who report poor or fair health: 12.90% (state: 12.1%)
  • Adults with diabetes: 8.50% (state: 7.7%)
  • Adults who get <7 hours of sleep a night: 31.00% (state: 29.7%)

If you're curious about the rest of the biggest cities in the nation, click here to read more.

The data shows a nation struggling with obesity and related diseases. Let us face the problems ahead and not give up. We can create healthier environments and empower people to make healthy lifestyle choices by addressing core problems and implementing meaningful interventions. Using this analysis's findings, encourage everyone to work together to create a healthier, more resilient future. Will you face the reality and work toward a healthier future?

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