Thursday, March 4, 2010

Where the Fattest People in America Reside

In the global social community, America may be the land of dreams, potential and power but it's also the "butt" of endless fat jokes.  During my mocha weight gain, I would feel the sting from backhanded words of comfort such as "don't worry, in American standards you're a beanpole." Sadly, those words somewhat ring true. Modesty and moderation aren't exactly the traits of what this country is known for and the boisterous indulgence is showing in our physique.  America is a big place and your cultural surroundings do have an influence in your lifestyle decisions, ultimately affecting your weight.

The University of Washington "found that researchers were able to predict the prevalence of obesity simply by looking at zip codes. Among other things, thinner communities had better access to exercise facilities and healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables." (Quality Health)


So where are the fattest people in America? This Men's Fitness study was taken based on the looking at 50 most densely populated cities and the fitness priority in each.  (San Diego landed in at #24)
10) Louisville Jefferson, KY
9) Charlotte, NC
8) Jacksonville, FL
7) El Paso, TX
6) Houston, TX
5) New York, NY
4) Las Vegas, NV
3) San Antonio, TX
2) Oklahoma City, OK
and the winner
 
1) Miami, FL

Another study based on CDC's (National Center for Chronic Disease) statistics of people who are overweight or obese showed the following list:
10) Little Rock, Arkansas
9) Fayettville, North Carolina
8) Yakima, Washington
7)Scottsbluff, Nebraska
6)El Paso, Texas

5)Augusta, Georgia
4)San Antonio, Texas
3)Jackson, Mississippi
2)Yuma, Arizona


and the winner
1)Huntington, West Virginia
/Ashland, Kentucky
Where 43.5% of the population were obese, a bit more than 20% were at a healthy weight and over 31% stated they haven't exercised.  This is the location where renowned chef, Jamie Oliver is starting his "Food Revolution" and filming a show where he attempts to chance this city's view on food and help save a future of kids from obesity.  Click below to watch his moving acceptance speech for his TED award.




And here are the most active and fittest cities in America.
1. Salt Lake City, UT
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Denver, CO
5. Albuquerque, NM
6. Portland, OR
7. Honolulu, HI
8. Seattle, WA
9. Omaha, NE
10. Virginia Beach, VA



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