Three of the nation's fittest communities are in Colorado, while West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio residents rank among the fattest, according to new national poll results.
Only 12.4% of Boulder, Colo., residents are obese, according to Gallup and Healthways researchers, who collected the self-reported height and weight measurements of 531,630 adults nationwide to come up with the estimates.
That's less than half of the national adult obesity rate determined by the survey, which was 21.7% — the highest since the annual study began in 2008.
The Huntington-Ashland region encompassing parts of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio was ranked the most obese community, with an estimated 39.5% of people at a body mass index, or BMI, score of 30 or greater. (See how BMI is calculated here.) The area has been among the top 10 most obese in all seven years of the study, which this year surveyed 189 metropolitan areas.
Other dishonorable mentions went to McAllen-Edinburg-Mission in Texas, with a 38.3% obesity rate, and Hagerstown-Martinsburg in Maryland and West Virginia,, at 36.7%.
The sunny Florida community of Naples-Marco Island followed Boulder on the least-obese list at 16.5%. Fort Collins-Loveland and Denver-Aurora were other Colorado metro areas in the top 10 fittest, which also included Charlottesville, Va.; Bellingham, Wa.; and San Diego and San Jose, Calif.
The healthiest cities benefit from a wider range of outdoor spaces and activities, which attract active residents, according to the study authors, who said that community-based and environmental approaches can help reverse the rising obesity trend.
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