Fittest or Fattest

The American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM] ranked the following

cities as fittest in the US. To rank big metropolitan areas, health and fitness

experts analyzed government data from the 15 most populous cities in the

country and Indianapolis, where ACSM is headquartered. They took into

consideration a number of health indicators, including the percentage of people

who exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat the recommended daily

servings of fruits and vegetables, have access to health care, have health

insurance and don't smoke. They also looked at the environment, including the

availability of parks, walking/bike trails and public transportation. This new analysis, called the American

Fitness Index, is different from the rankings of fittest and fattest cities previously

released, although some of the targeted health indicators are similar. Government

statistics show that about 66% of adults are overweight or obese, which

increases their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of


1. San Francisco

2. Seattle

3. Boston

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Atlanta

6. Philadelphia

7. Chicago

8. Dallas/Fort Worth

9. New York City

10. Miami/Fort Lauderdale

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