The city of Corpus Christi apparently needs to go on a diet.
According to a compilation recorded by the website Wallethub.com, Corpus Christi ranked 163rd nationally — 12th from the bottom among the 174 cities surveyed — in a poll ranking the nation’s healthiest cities.
To determine which areas prioritize residents’ well-being, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the most populated U.S. cities across 42 key indicators of good health. Their data set included indexes including cost of medical visits to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita.
Corpus Christi ranked no higher than 146th in any of the four major categories including health care rank, food rank, fitness rank and green space ranking.
Laredo at 173rd and Brownsville at 174th ranked as the bottom two cities in the poll. Austin at No. 14 ranks as the top Texas city in the poll. The national leader is San Francisco, followed by Seattle and San Diego.
So Corpus Christi doesn’t rank as the bottom Texas city, if that’s any consolation to local leaders.
It shouldn’t be, as these sobering statistics indicate that Corpus Christi is facing a huge concern in public health that could be addressed by steps as simple as increased fitness activities and healthy eating habits.