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Fat City is elsewhere

Survey claims San Diego among cities with least amount of obese people

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Residents of the San Diego metro area are among the least obese persons in the country, according to a study by WalletHub, a statistical aggregator.

In a list of metro areas with the most corpulent persons, San Diego comes in 88th among the top 100 cities. The study measures percentage of obese persons, percentage of those with obesity-related health problems, and existence of a healthy environment (access to parks and facilities, and health foods, etc.)

The top 20 overall fattest metro areas are in the South: the worst are Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The three metro areas with the skinniest/healthiest residents are Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle. The Bay Area shines: San Francisco has the lowest percentage of obese adults, and San Jose has the lowest percentage of physically inactive persons and the lowest share of those with high blood pressure.

San Diego has one of the lowest percentages of physically inactive adults — tied for 95th with Denver.

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Residents of the San Diego metro area are among the least obese persons in the country, according to a study by WalletHub, a statistical aggregator.

In a list of metro areas with the most corpulent persons, San Diego comes in 88th among the top 100 cities. The study measures percentage of obese persons, percentage of those with obesity-related health problems, and existence of a healthy environment (access to parks and facilities, and health foods, etc.)

The top 20 overall fattest metro areas are in the South: the worst are Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The three metro areas with the skinniest/healthiest residents are Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle. The Bay Area shines: San Francisco has the lowest percentage of obese adults, and San Jose has the lowest percentage of physically inactive persons and the lowest share of those with high blood pressure.

San Diego has one of the lowest percentages of physically inactive adults — tied for 95th with Denver.

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Must be all that fried chicken and barbecue consumption in the South.

March 23, 2017

Ponzi: Fried food in general is big in the south. Other foods are fattening. The lifestyle is a little slower, too, perhaps because of the heat. Best, Don Bauder

March 23, 2017

It comes from lickin' all them fangers.

March 23, 2017

Flapper: Touche! Best, Don Bauder

March 23, 2017

San Francisco has a large Asian population, which may partly explain it. But there's another factor there. The regular street corner food stores are dingy, cramped, wildly overpriced, and unfriendly. Many if not most San Franciscans lack a car, and hence have to hoof it to a decent supermarket, and schlep their purchases home. That'll keep you in shape and keep the pounds off! The groceries there are still costly, wherever you buy them. So, there is a financial incentive to cool it on the chow. The only downside is that you have to live in that city with its ridiculous rents for small spaces and ultra-lib politics.

March 23, 2017

Visduh: Asians are a large percentage of the population in San Jose (essentially, Silicon Valley), also. Best, Don Bauder

March 23, 2017

Them Good Ol' Boys in the south often consume soft drinks instead of coffee. Mountain Dew was a favorite when I was visiting those 'fat' cities. Average consumption seemed to be about a 6 pack a day. I remember a particular gas station that had a machine dispensing soft drinks. The 3 employees fed coins into the machine throughout the day making a fat profit for the owner. I asked 'Why not buy at the supermarket and bring your own?'; they said the machine was more convenient.

Scientists who study such things are saying that 4 cups of coffee a day is an ideal amount to get maximum health benefits (no sugar, of course). I'm unaware of any scientist who recommends soft drinks.

March 24, 2017

They drink a lot of "sweet tea" too, which has lots of sugar. But everywhere people seem like like to get those fancy drinks from Starbucks with all the sugar, whipped cream, flavor syrups and caramel, making it a hot milkshake rather than a neat coffee.

March 24, 2017

Ponzi: Excessive sugar plays a role in obesity and other physical problems. Best, Don Bauder

March 24, 2017

"R" "O" "C" cola was big back in the day.

March 24, 2017

AlexClarke: Back in what day? There is no reader of the Reader who is older than I am, and I don't remember any "R" "O" "C" cola. I do remember that Pepsi was "twice as much for a nickel, too." I remember Vernor's Ginger Ale. And Dad's Old Fashioned Root Beer. Best, Don Bauder

March 25, 2017

swell: When he was mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg in 2012 tried to ban jumbo sugary drinks. The courts knocked him down and by 2014 the ban was dead. Best, Don Bauder

March 24, 2017

NOTE TO READER MONITOR: PLEASE KILL THE COMMENT BY JANE BURRIS. IT IS AN AD. BEST, DON BAUDER

March 24, 2017

Darn! I was just going to put in an ad for my favorite Cola...

March 24, 2017

swell: Our sleuths will surely catch you. Best, Don Bauder

March 25, 2017

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