The Fattest Cities & How They Affect Sleep in America
American cities that love food & sleep but hate weight gain
Food. We all love to eat and sometimes feel like we can’t get enough – definitely a love/hate relationship, no matter where in the United States you live.
From afternoon munchies to greasy late-night cheese sticks, we crave sugary, salty treats – especially if we’re tired. Talk about the ultimate sleep horrible diet. Trouble is, while lack of sleep can cause cravings, it can also kill our sleep.
Do you wonder how your sleep suffers from binging on food at all hours? Does lack of sleep tempt you to reach for foods you know you shouldn’t have?
The 3 fattest American cities
Could where you live determine if you’re overweight, eating right or even getting enough rest? Check out the 3 fattest cities in the United States and how well their residents sleep, according to WalletHub.
- Memphis, TN – The homeland of Elvis, fried peanut butter sandwiches and BBQ, takes the throne for the fattest city. More than 30% of Memphis adults are considered obese and they have the highest number of “food deserts” (stores that don’t offer healthy or fresh food options).
Memphis also ranks #2 for the sleepiest city.
- Shreveport, LA – The 3 rd largest city in Louisiana has loads more problems than being number 2 on this list. Shreveport also ranks in the 99th percentile of obesity, number 5 for diabetes and number 4 for high blood pressure, YIKES!
Shreveport also ranks #20 for the sleepiest city.
- Houston, TX – As the famous saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas. With more than 100 days a year with temperatures over 100 F, residents seem to be opting to stay inside with the AC and binge on snacks and Netflix. Not surprisingly, Houston has 1,034 fast food restaurants, the highest in the nation.
Houston also ranks #25 for the sleepiest city.
How do your food choices affect sleep?
Eating and sleeping are two of the most basic human functions, essential to our survival. But sleep and food are more connected than you may realize. There are foods that promote sleep (potassium and greens) and foods that interfere with sleep (high-fat snacks – the ones you munch on before bed). What you eat affects your sleep and how much you sleep can affect how well you sleep.
Too much or too little sleep alters appetite and wreaks havoc on our daily routine. Staying up late can lead to higher calorie intake and make sugary treats more tempting. Dr. Breus, the Sleep Doctor, says, “We have a society-wide sleep problem that isn’t getting any better, despite significant reliance on prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications. It’s time to pay more sustained attention to the possible role that nutrition may plan in helping to improve sleep.”
The 3 fittest American cities – and maybe the most well-rested too!
On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find the fittest American cities. All 5 of these cities offer healthy food options, a variety of public
transportation options and have easy access to parks and outdoor activities. Check out the full list according to AmericanFitnessIndex.
- Washington D.C. – also ranks #5 for best rested city
- Minneapolis, MN – also ranks #6 for best rested city
- Denver, CO – also ranks # 10 for best rested city
- Portland, OR – also ranks #7 for best rested city
- San Francisco, CA – also ranks #3 for best rested city
Lose the weight and more gain sleep
Ever notice how a good night’s sleep delivers the energy we need to get through our days and make the best decisions for ourselves and our health? Not clocking enough sleep, however, can easily put us at a disadvantage when trying to maintain healthy choices. And it’s a no-brainer that healthy food choices and regular exercise help us maintain a healthy weight.
Sleep is how we end each day and how we prepare our bodies to face the next. Prioritizing sleep in our overall health plan has the power to:
- Resist late night snacking – Swap the chips for low-calorie treats
- Burn more calories – Hit the gym and work, work, work
- Keep your brain focused – Focus on what you’re doing
- Follow a daily sleep routine – Getting adequate sleep is just the start
The video below shows the full list of fat AND fit cities. I wonder which ones get the best sleep…