The List: The Most Obese Cities

Staff - livescience.com - 03/07/2012
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A new Gallup-Healthways poll has found that at least 15 percent of residents in 187 of the 190 metro areas surveyed are obese.

The results come from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and are based on interviews with more than 350,000 American adults between Jan. 2 and Dec. 29, 2011. Participants reported their height and weight, which was used to calculate body mass index, or BMI, a measure of a person's fatness. BMI scores of 30 or greater are considered obese. (For example, a 5-foot-4-inch woman who weighs 174 pounds or more, or a 5-foot-10-inch man who weighs 209 pounds or more would have a BMI of 30.)

The metro areas are based on the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's metropolitan statistical areas, which in many cases include more than one city. For instance, the San Jose, Calif., statistical area also includes the smaller nearby cities of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

Here's a list of the metro areas surveyed and their obesity rates:

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 38.8 percent

Binghamton, N.Y.: 37.6

Huntington-Ashland, W. Va., Ky., Ohio: 36.0

Rockford, Ill.: 35.5

Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas: 33.8

Charleston, W. Va.: 33.8

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.: 33.5

Topeka, Kans.: 33.3

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash.: 33.2

Reading, Penn.: 32.7

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.: 17.9

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.: 18.1

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.: 18.1

Denver-Aurora, Colo.: 19.0

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.: 19.1

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine: 19.2

Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Fla.: 19.2

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.: 19.5

Reno-Sparks, Nev.: 19.9

Ann Arbor, Mich.: 20.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.: 20.3

Greeley, Colo.: 20.5

Spokane, Wash.: 20.7

Ogden-Clearfield, Utah: 20.8

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H.: 21.0

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.: 21.1

Albuquerque, N.M.: 21.2

Lincoln, Neb.: 21.3

Durham, N.C.: 21.3

Austin-Round Rock, Texas: 21.3

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.: 21.4

New York-North New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Penn.: 21.5

Madison, Wis.: 21.8

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