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Apr 28, 2008

Fattest Cities in America

Is your city making you fat? It might sound strange, but according to experts, where you live plays a major role in your weight. While slimmer cities tend to have greater access to exercise facilities and fresh produce, heavier locations are generally unsuitable for walking and stocked with junk foods.The rankings are based on the number of people who are obese or overweight and the percentage of people saying they had not participated in any type of physical activity in the past month.

Huntington, West Virginia/Ashland, Kentucky. These two cities sit at the spot where West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio meet. And it’s the fattest place in the country. This area easily had the most obese people at 45.3 percent. Residents here were the least likely to report participating in any physical activity in the past month.
Yuma, Arizona. In Yuma, more than two-thirds of the population is either overweight or obese. Not surprisingly, 29 percent admitted they hadn’t exercised in the past month. But Yuma health officials are taking some important steps to reduce the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Jackson, Mississippi. State-by-state studies have found that Mississippians, in general, are the most obese in the country. Perhaps that’s why lawmakers in Mississippi took the unusual step of introducing a bill that would prohibit restaurants from serving people who are obese. Though the bill never took effect, it certainly provoked outrage.