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The Fittest (and Fattest) Cities In America

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Considering that less than three percent of Americans meet the requirements for living what's considered a "healthy lifestyle," we should be more aware than ever of our own healthy (and unhealthy habits). Luckily, the folks at WalletHub, though, did the research for us with their 2016 report on America's Fattest Cities. But instead of looking at one major marker—like BMI—WalletHub took "a more holistic approach to problems related to weight by not only accounting for both 'overweight' and 'obese' residents but also including a total of 14 key metrics, ranging from 'percentage of physically inactive adults' to 'percentage of adults eating fewer than one serving of fruits or vegetables per day.'"

The city who topped (errr...toppled?) the list? Memphis, TN, which hosts the highest percentage of obese adults, inactive adults, and diabetic adults—none of these being hallmark qualities, of course. The other cities in the top ten were also all located in the south, including metropolises like Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, and Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN.

Honolulu, HI, was named the fittest city, with the lowest "fat prevalance rank" and one of the highest rankings in terms of having a "healthy enviroment." (That's why it's one of our Best Beaches for Fitness Lovers!) Other cities who ranked on the healthier end of the spectrum included Boise, ID, Las Vegas, and Reno, NV. (Maybe there's something to spending some time at a blackjack table after all?) (Psst... These are The Best Cities for Runners.)

What the report highlighted as well, though, was the toll of the financial costs of obesity: U.S. residents spend about $315.8 billion annually for obesity-related medical expenses. So while your health should be of paramount concern, don't forget your wallet either—turns out being obese can have a negative effect on both fronts. (Did you know overweight women are more likely to earn less money?)

 

Source: WalletHub

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