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Fittest and Fattest Cities Across America

Do you live in one of the fittest cities in America, or one of the fattest cities? Or maybe neither. Men's Fitness has once again done the research and found the fittest and fattest cities and the findings are not surprising.

Highlights of the fittest cities:

  1. Colorado Springs. That fresh mountain air is the best you can find anywhere, and there are more than twice as many health food stores per capita than in any other city.
  2. Minneapolis. Keeping fit is easy when there are more basketball courts and gyms per capita than any other city. Also, people spend 49% less time watching TV than in other surveyed cities.
  3. Albuquerque. With 57% fewer watering holes per capita than the national average, getting that beer belly is much harder. Staying outdoors is much more fashionable: The city's 361 parks are among the most in the nation on a per-capita basis.
  4. Denver. There must be something in that mile-high air. The city ranks among the tops in high participation rates in running, biking and walking.
  5. Portland, Ore. Consuming fruits and vegetables is a top priority here; a survey-high 15% eat the recommended five servings a day.

For the fattest cities

Highlights of the fattest cities:

  1. Las Vegas. Poor eating habits and an alarmingly sedentary population kept Sin City atop the gluttony charts.
  2. Arlington, Texas. Commute times have increased almost a half-hour in the past five years, and the percentage of overweight people skyrocketed in the past year from 36.5% to 43.2%.
  3. San Antonio. Parks are scarce in the city, and people are more likely to get their kicks from binge drinking. In a survey, more than 20% of San Antonians acknowledged having five or more drinks in one sitting within the past month, higher than the national average of 14.7%.
  4. Fort Worth. People are just less likely to go out and exercise compared with those in other cities. It probably has something to do with the fact temperatures top 90 degrees an average of 101 days each year.
  5. El Paso. A relatively low number of golf courses, gyms and tennis courts makes it hard to find a place to get fit. And again, the Texas heat is too much to handle.


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skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
LOL, so many in Texas. And I knew Portland would be on there! It's vegan central :))) I wish I could live there haha.
liz5914 liz5914 9 years
umm i go to the gym all the time thank you very much. temptation is everywhere however, and there are a billion fat slobs all over san antonio. i didnt blame the weight gain on the city, however it does correlate with the fact that i have indeed gained weight...maybe get the facts right before you decide to be rude...
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
And Miami fat?!?!?! You have got to be kidding me.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
A few years ago Philly was one of the most depressed and fattest cities. With all the cheese steaks and tastycakes, find this hard to believe.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
They did something like this in Men's Health Mag back in like 05 and Texas had similar results in that article too. They explained the reason being that their were so many fast food places. In Boston there is only ONE Wendy's and it's quite a walkable city, but in Texas it sounded congested with fast food places. I don't think people can blame the weather for it all...I did once hear that people in warmer climates tended to be heavier (well, sometimes thats conflicting info because then you hear people in Winter tend to put on the pounds instead, so I guess it depends), but on the other hand Texas and other surrounding areas weren't always like that. I guess it goes back to the nutrition(?)
angelina8023 angelina8023 9 years
I was born and raised in San Antonio. While I agree this city is one of the most boring places ever you can't blame that on yout own personal weight gain. Nobody is holding a gun to your head saying "eat this or I'll shoot." I come from an obese family and have never been overweight in my life. You have to find ways to stay active. It's called a gym!!
emalove emalove 9 years
Wow, Texas cities are all over the "bad" list...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Milwaukee made the top 10 fittest? That's hilarious. Almost all of Wisconsin is full of fat people. Madison is about the only city here that has a lot of paths for walking and biking and stuff. I don't live in Milwaukee, but maybe it's getting a bigger population of exercisers. I live in Oshkosh, which is near Green Bay, and pretty much everyone's fat here. The city is NOT workout friendly...we have a tiny YMCA and one other health club for the whole city. If you want to join a decent gym, you have to drive 30 minutes to Appleton. And there are no real bike trails to get around the city, so you're pretty much forced to drive everywhere. Oh, and not to mention the fact that everyone hangs out at the umpteen million bars that we have. People love their beer, brats, and cheese around here!
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
uh oh! I'm moving to San Antonio in June. I'm a personal trainer though, so hopefully I can whip some people into shape! And way to go #2 Minneapolis!!!! Bron and raised in fabulous MN and can't wait to move back someday! (After my boyfriends finishes his residency in San Antonio though...)
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
Dallas is the sixth fattest city?! Yeah right.
liz5914 liz5914 9 years
SAN ANTONIO IS DISGUSTING. As someone who lives here for school (unfortunately) I'm surprised it's not number one on the fattest cities. I'm from Austin originally and everyone is fit and out and about there. However in San Antonio EVERYWHERE you go there is fast food. I moved to the other side of town because where I was before was fast food central, every imaginable fast food chain was down my street. When I lived in Austin I was healthy and fit, but something about San Antonio makes you want to be lazy, there is absolutely NOTHING fun to do here, and I myself am struggling with my weight now, which has never happened in MY LIFETIME. I cannot wait to get out of here!!!!!!!!!!!!! whatever you do, NEVER LIVE IN SAN ANTONIO.
MlleMLT MlleMLT 9 years
yay Austin! We are very fit and focused on health down here so I am not surprised. I can't believe how many TX cities are in the fattest though wow!
Faylinn Faylinn 9 years
Well, I'm glad Chicago is off the top 5 fattest city list. :)
mwjank mwjank 9 years
The lack of healthy and active culture is part of the reason that my husband and I relocated from Texas to the Northeast. I did not want my boys growing up in an unhealthy enviornment. In Houston even if you have great intentions, the oppresive heat, humidity and mosquitos often quell any desire to be active outside. Social events seem to center around food and eating. The number of chain restaurants is staggering. In Connecticut I run, hike, bike, skate,... More of the population is active and at a normal weight. When I go back to visit my family I am always surprised for the first day or two how different things are.
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
Portland also has a great runner's culture! =D
LVC LVC 9 years
Vegas here. I am definately NOT part of that sad, sad statistic. But living here all my life, I can see how it is true. I do notice when I travel that there are much healthier cities out there. Sucks to be at the top of THIS list!
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
Yeha, Minneapolis. I think another reason we're close to the top is all of the lakes we have here. Our gyms clear out a lot over the summer. Plus because it's the frigid North we also have lots of places to ski, snowboard, etc.
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
Richmond is close to a lot of blue stars!!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I live in Austin and there aren't that many overweight people here. In fact, I'm surprised that Austin isn't listed in the top 5 fittest cities. Everyone exercises here!
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
Oh, did we sell Alaska back to Russia?
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
Love that concentration of red stars in and around Indiana. That seems about right.
Tmmilk2 Tmmilk2 9 years
No way is Miami 7th fattest. And their reasoning for it is ridiculous. They claim Miami only has one public golf course, while I live within 10 minutes of at least 3 public courses. Also, they claim Miami has near-constant rain. Yes, it does rain practically every day in the summer, but even then everyone knows it's gorgeous for 90% of the day, then it rains at 2 pm for like 30 minutes and that's it. No way does that mean you can't participate in activities. I think they took the strict boundaries of what is considered the "CITY of Miami" (the dense urban/industrial part) and used only that, but that is only a tiny portion of what is considered "Miami". So sorry, but I call foul.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
I am from Texas, and I definitely believe the article. It's sad but I think one out of three people I see in Texas are overweight. I went to school in New England, and it was SO different there!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I'm surprised New Orleans wasn't anywhere on the fattest list! Between the food and drinking down here it would be easy to pack on the pounds. But, I did used to live in Honolulu, and I can attest that it's full of tan, thin people. It definitely inspired me to be fitter.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
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