Do You Live in One of the Fittest (or Fattest) Cities in America?

Men's Fitness Cover March 2012

Men's Fitness March 2012

Men’s Fitness just released new research revealing the most physically active and apathetic cities in the U.S. Find out where your city ranks.

In the March issue of Men’s Fitness magazine, editors revisit their 3-year-old list of the “Fittest & Fattest Cities in America.” According to their research, obesity rates have climbed at an “alarming” rate since their last report, and the medical journal The Lancet says that 7 out of 10 Americans are overweight or obese. Sigh.

Topping the “fattest” list this year: Houston, Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 34 percent of Houstonians are overweight, and Houston is home to more than 1,000 fast food restaurants. Congratulations to Boston, Mass.–they have the fewest. Rounding out the top 10 fattest cities were Detroit, Mich; Cleveland, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; El Paso, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Los Angeles and Louisville, Ky.

I feel a little better for living in Austin, a city that comes in at number 12 on the “fittest” list. Portland is tops though. Portland is a cycling-, walking-, outdoor-friendly city, and the CDC says that more than 40 percent of its residents live a healthy lifestyle. Finishing up the top 10 fittest cities are San Francisco, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Oakland, Calif.; Boston; Seattle, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; San Diego, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn. and Honolulu, Hawaii.

I’m pulling for you, Texas. Let’s get out of that bad No. 1 spot and move into the good No. 1 spot. I know we can do it!