Can Living In A City Make You Fitter?

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According to a new study published in the most recent American Journal of Health Promotion, living in pedestrian-friendly cities where shops and restaurants are close to residences means a lower body mass index. Ask any average Manhattan resident-they’ll tell you they don’t have or need a car because they walk everywhere they need to go, even to the nearest port of public transportation, if necessary. And because of this independence from private automobiles, they’re generally thinner.

The other side of the coin, though, is the suburban dependence on personal cars means more body fat. Quite simply, as the study’s lead author, Andrew Rundle, puts it, “You’re not going to get off the couch to walk to the corner store if there’s no corner store to walk to.”

But living in a city doesn’t guarantee a hotter body. Men’s Fitness recently released their annual list of the fittest and fattest cities, and the latter group might surprise you. Based on residents’ exercising and eating habits, along with how much time they spend in those BMI-raising cars, the following cities are the fattest:

1. Las Vegas
2. San Antonio
3. Miami
4. Mesa
5. Los Angeles
6. Houston
7. Dallas
8. El Paso
9. Detroit
10. San Jose

If you live in Albuquerque, Seattle, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Tucson, Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore, Portland or Honolulu, odds are you’re pretty healthy.

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