When it comes to this list of heavyweights, San Antonio is way ahead of Austin

The San Antonio Riverwalk is a great place for a stroll — or to sit down and have some drinks. Statesman file photo by David Kennedy

The great taco war between Austin and San Antonio may have ended in an uneasy truce, but there is an arena (perhaps related) in which San Antonio is clearly outclassing its rival to the north: Fattest Cities in America.

Yes, a recent WalletHub study of 100 of the most populated metro areas in the United States — which is populated by the FATTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, WalletHub shames us with immediately … pssst, put down the doughnut, they’re looking at us … — has San Antonio-New Braunfels tipping the scales at No. 14. Hey, who needs to Riverwalk, when there’s all those places to stop for a cold beer or a frozen margarita?

Austin, perhaps thanks to all those fit people you see along Lady Bird Lake, is a comfortable No. 71 on a recent list of “Fattest Cities in America.” Statesman photo by Ralph Barrera.

Austin-Round Rock — tacos, barbecue and cupcake trailers notwithstanding — is comfortable at No. 71. Not bad, but not as cooly thin as hip destinations Miami (No. 77), San Francisco (No. 93), Colorado Springs (No. 96) or Seattle (No. 100 … must be all that coffee).

But San Antonio, don’t hang your heads on your double chins just yet — you are NOT the fattest city in Texas. No, that dubious honor goes to the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, which came in at No. 4 in the study. The news gets worse for McAllen, though. Analysts put the border city at No. 1 for “most obese adults” and “highest percent of physically inactive adults” and at No. 2 for “highest percent of diabetic adults.”

Other Texas cities ranked in the study are: the Houston metro area (No. 17), El Paso (No. 22) and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (No. 25).

And what cities beat out McAllen for the top 3 spots? That would be No. 1 Jackson, Mississippi; No. 2. Memphis, Tennessee; and No. 3 Little Rock, Arkansas.

Another recent WalletHub study put Austin at No. 22 for “Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.” San Antonio sank into the “worst” part of the list, at No. 84.

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