The United States of America is a large country, and the notions of a healthy diet vary widely across the states. When questioned about whether they ate healthy food all day, people across states had different things to say, which indicates that what does and does not constitute a balanced diet is marked differently in various states.

24/7 Wall Street reviewed the top 25 cities in the USA whose residents reported the least healthy eating habits. The shocking pattern discovered in the study was that out of the 25 cities that were used for the comparative study, all (except one) of them either belonged to the southern region of the United States of America or the Midwest.

Worst Diets Of The Country

The worst diets of the country were found to be in Lubbock, Texas where only 53.8 percent residents reported any kind of healthy eating habits. At the other end of the spectrum, whopping 75.3 percent residents of the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island in Florida said that they ate healthy food on a regular basis.

Even after factoring in health literacy across states, it is largely safe to say that all across the country, people have a by and large accurate idea about what it means to be eating healthy and to live a healthy life. Moreover, healthy eating is largely a matter of personal choice, while other factors that may affect a person’s healthy eating habits such as availability of produce, the cost of the produce and the person’s financial standing and the like.

Factors Determining Diet

The presence of like-minded people who are health conscious, stress levels of a person and a strong support system are other such factors that may affect a person’s healthy eating habits (or lack thereof) directly or indirectly.

Mostly though, dietary decisions are influenced due to a person’s economic standing and for low to medium income families, paying for high-quality produce is not possible on a regular basis. They would rather purchase French fries off of the McDonald’s dollar menu, just because it is more affordable, rather than shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, notwithstanding the nutritional benefits of the latter.

In the 25 cities observed under the comparative study, the annual income for most families was lower than the national yearly average. Hence it directly decreases the quality of life. Also, lack of better dietary choices leads to a rapid increase in the occurrences of lifestyle diseases.