POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 6:34am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Earlier this month, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission corridor was named the most obese metropolitan area in the country.
Obesity can lead to health problems, of course and now it appears McAllen is particularly poorly equipped to handle that issue.
The Huffington Post says McAllen has the worst health care coverage in the U.S.
Only half of McAllen residents have health insurance, that's the lowest rate in the country.
And just 53% of McAllen residents say they have a doctor, that is also the lowest national figure.
The problem is compounded by the fact that one out of every five people in McAllen is a diagnosed diabetic and almost 39% of the McAllen population is classified as obese.
Maybe at the root of the problem? The fact that almost 38% of McAllen residents live below the poverty line.