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10 Least Obese Cities

A poll released last week reveals that, overall, our nation’s cities are getting fatter. But the 10 least-obese areas are bucking that trend, with an average obesity rate of 15.9%, well below the national average of 26.1%, and half that of the country’s fattest areas. These areas report roughly 30% fewer cases of diabetes than do their obese counterparts. And people in fat cities are 58% more likely to have a heart attack, 34% more likely to have high blood pressure, 30% more likely to be depressed, and 23% more likely to have high cholesterol over the course of their lifetime. The 10 least obese metro areas in the United States for 2011 are: Boulder, CO 12.1%; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 14.5%; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 14.6%; Barnstable Town, MA 15.9%; Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 16.4%; Naples-Marco Island, FL 16.5%; Trenton-Ewing, NJ 16.8%; Provo-Orem, UT 17.1%; Colorado Springs, CO 17.4%; and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 17.5%. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index