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A ranking of American obesity
A fairly substantial percentage of Americans are fat, according to a 2011 Gallup-Healthways survey of 190 cities and metro areas. At least 15 percent of residents in 187 of the places polled are obese. Boulder, Colo., came in first in the ranking with only 12.1 percent of its population weighing in as fat, while a robust 38.8 percent (190th in the rankings) of the folks living in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, metro area tip the scale as overweight. The obesity level, or body mass index, is based on the participant’s reported height and weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a goal of cities reaching a 15 percent obesity rate in the United States. Chico (23.2 percent) ranked 51st while Redding (29 percent) came in at a much heftier 142nd.
The five least-obese city/metro areas:
• Boulder, Colo.: 12.1 percent
• Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.: 14.5
• Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.: 14.6
• Barnstable Town, Mass.: 15.9
• Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.: 16.4
The five-most obese city/metro areas:
• McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 38.8 percent
• Binghamton, N.Y.: 37.6
• Huntington-Ashland, W.Va., Ky., Ohio: 36.0
• Rockford, Ill.: 35.5
• Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas: 33.8