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Old 03-14-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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US Obesity Rate by City | LiveScience

Least obese "skinniest", obesity rate using BMI
Boulder, Colo.: 12.1
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
Naples-Marco Island, Fla.: 16.5
Trenton-Ewig, N.J.: 16.8
Provo-Orem, Utah: 17.1
Colorado Springs, Colo.: 17.4
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.: 17.5

Most obese "fattest", obesity rate using BMI
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
Charleston, W. Va.: 33.8
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.: 33.5
Topeka, Kans.: 33.3
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash.: 33.2
Reading, Penn.: 32.7


"The results come from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and are based on interviews with more than 350,000 American adults between Jan. 2 and Dec. 29, 2011. Participants reported their height and weight, which was used to calculate body mass index."

Not perfect, but certainly much more reputable than the Men's Fitness Magazine list, which claims to measure fat cities mostly by how many restaurants a city has, weather, etc. but never actually takes the measurements of anyone.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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BMI does have its bias. It doesn't take muscle into consideration. Nevertheless, its what most surveys use to measure obesity.

I'm surprised Lakeland/Winter Haven, FL is on the most obese list. I know its not far from Orlando which is somewhat of a progressive city in Florida.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:23 AM
 
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all the obese areas are poorer working class places and the skinny areas have money
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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all the obese areas are poorer working class places and the skinny areas have money
The thinner areas also tend to have higher levels of educational attainment...
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.: 17.5
At 6'1 and 175 lbs., my BMI is 23. Suddenly I feel fat. Ugh.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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At 6'1 and 175 lbs., my BMI is 23. Suddenly I feel fat. Ugh.
The article says a BMI over 30 is obese. So I guess you you were joking.

On the other end, the anorexic look trend that has been going on for several years is just as disturbing.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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The article says a BMI over 30 is obese. So I guess you you were joking.
Its just that I was wondering about these stick people with a BMI of 17.5 that the article says is the average for SF-Oakland-Fremont.

I suppose I am fat compared to them. LOL
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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23409738[/color] (tel:23409738 - broken link)]US Obesity Rate by City | LiveScience

Least obese "skinniest", obesity rate using BMI
Boulder, Colo.: 12.1
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
Naples-Marco Island, Fla.: 16.5
Trenton-Ewig, N.J.: 16.8
Provo-Orem, Utah: 17.1
Colorado Springs, Colo.: 17.4
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.: 17.5

Most obese "fattest", obesity rate using BMI
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
Charleston, W. Va.: 33.8
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.: 33.5
Topeka, Kans.: 33.3
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash.: 33.2
Reading, Penn.: 32.7


"The results come from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and are based on interviews with more than 350,000 American adults between Jan. 2 and Dec. 29, 2011. Participants reported their height and weight, which was used to calculate body mass index."

Not perfect, but certainly much more reputable than the Men's Fitness Magazine list, which claims to measure fat cities mostly by how many restaurants a city has, weather, etc. but never actually takes the measurements of anyone.
Is there a list like that only showing cities over 500K in population?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Its just that I was wondering about these stick people with a BMI of 17.5 that the article says is the average for SF-Oakland-Fremont.

I suppose I am fat compared to them. LOL
I'm not positive, but I think that the survey measures the percentage of people with a BMI over 30. So I think instead of saying that the average BMI of someone in the SF Bay Area is 17.5, I think it says that 17.5 percent of the population is obese (or super muscular).
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I'm not positive, but I think that the survey measures the percentage of people with a BMI over 30. So I think instead of saying that the average BMI of someone in the SF Bay Area is 17.5, I think it says that 17.5 percent of the population is obese (or super muscular).
Ah! Okay that makes more sense. Thanks
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