5. Shreveport, LA
Pam Theriot, OD
Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice. My husband is in the military, and our family moves to a different state about every three years. Currently, I live in Shreveport, LA. I am not surprised to see it on the unhealthiest list.
The native residents here are mostly from rural communities, and the education system is not a priority. The native diet relies heavily on fried foods and sugary drinks.
The weather in the summer is usually too hot to exercise outdoors, and there are not many hiking, biking, or running trails. The weather in the winter is great to exercise outdoors, though. Many people enjoy hunting and fishing in the fall and spring.
It is hard to blame the weather. We used to live in Syracuse, NY. I found more fit people in a city that is covered in snow at least seven months a year than in some sunny cities.