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Fit cities and Fat Cities

A survey of 189 cities, released jointly by the polling firm by Gallup and Healthways, a health and well-being improvement company, gathered which cities had a higher body mass index, or BMI, per person.  Your BMI is your height-to-weight ratio.  It determines whether you're too big for your height.  And it has health-related implications as well.

The Gallup and Healthways survey found that, in fact, three of the nation's fittest communities are in Colorado, while West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio residents rank among the fattest.  The seven-county survey area with the biggest bulge includes Huntington, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio.  It's where the most Americans who are in the obese range live, according to the survey. This while Boulder, Colorado residents had less than half of the national adult obesity rate, according to the survey-takers, at only twelve-point-four percent.

Here are your fit American cities:

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. Naples-Marco Island, Florida
  3. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
  4. Charlottesville, Virginia
  5. Bellingham, Washington
  6. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
  7. Denver-Aurora, Colorado
  8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  9. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
  10. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

...And your fattest U.S. towns:

  1. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio
  2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  3. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland-West Virginia
  4. Yakima, Washington
  5. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
  6. Charleston, West Virginia
  7. Toledo, Ohio
  8. Clarksville, Tennessee-Kentucky
  9. Jackson, Mississippi
  10. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  11. Rockford, Illinois 

Just remember: In this case, it's not just location, location, location.  You've got to do the work of proper diet and exercise.  Then you can be fit, no matter where you live.


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