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2009 Fattest versus fittest cities in America: how does yours rank?

Posted Oct 09 2009 10:02pm

Think about your own city that you either currently live in, your hometown, or where you would want to move to... would you say it is a fit-conscious or not-so-fit-conscious sate?  Last week at the annual  Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk, Laura Denoux from NBCs  The Biggest Loser  hosted the event and stated that ... Miami is the fattest city!  Wow!  Ouch!  Really?  No way!

Yes, way.  Research regarding this subject yielded the following results... Well, apparently there is an annual report of a survey published by  Men's Fitness  magazine -- the 11th one this year.  It is called the "  2009 Fattest Cities in America"?  (In all fairness, there is also the Fittest City survey also mentioned later).  The survey bases its criteria on, for example,  numbers of certain fast food joints per capita, percentage of people that either have gym memberships or home gyms, presence of ball parks per capita, etc.   It is definitely worth taking a look!

Here's a brief list of the Top 10  fattest  cities in America:

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 #1...  MIAMI, Florida!

And for curiosity's sake, here are  America's Fittest states:

10. Virginia Beach, VA

9. Omaha, NE

8. Seattle, WA

7. Honolulu, HI

6. Portland, OR

5. Albuquerque, NM

4. Denver, CO

3. Minneapolis, MN

2. Colorado Springs, CO

And congratulations goes to the  fittest  city of... 1. Salt Lake City, UT

For more detailed look at our 11th annual Fittest/Fattest City survey conducted with the help of RFG Research,  click here.

Miami skyline picture by Wimbledon, PhotoXpress

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