America’s Fittest & Fattest Cities of 2009

by Gavan on January 18, 2009

America, full of the Beautiful and the Big. Living in Los Angeles is like living in an American soap opera–it’s all about your looks and your physique here. But stray a little outside of the bubble and it’s a drastically different world, where being overweight and fast food takes over. I can only imagine what the Mid-West looks like, or the South for that matter. This is why I do what I do, because according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), more than one third of U.S. adults—more than 72 million people—and 16% of U.S. children are obese. Since 1980, obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have tripled. Obesity rates among all groups in society—irrespective of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level, or geographic region—have increased markedly.

Men’s Fitness Magazine
has been taking tabs on America’s fittest and fattest cities for the past 11 years. It’s really a brilliant study with shocking results. How did my city fare? My guess was in the top 10 of the fittest, but no. Not even in the top 25! WTF? Those Texas cities aren’t doing so well either. Three of them fared in the top 10 of the fattest! Seems like it’s a good time to share with anyone you know in Texas!

Top 25 Fittest Cities
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

3. Minneapolis, Minnesota                         
4. Denver, Colorado
5. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Top 25 Fattest Cities
1. Miami, Florida
2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3. San Antonio, Texas
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
5. New York, New York

Read on to see how your city ranked.

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