Ten metropolitan areas across the U.S. can stake claim to being the least obese in the nation for 2011. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. metropolitan area is one of them, ranked second least obese with a rate of 14.5 percent.
A recent report by Gallup identified the least and most obese metropolitan areas in the country. Among the 190 metro areas surveyed, Boulder, Colo. came in number one, with 12.1 percent of its residents considered obese. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas weighed in the heaviest with an obesity rate of 38.8 percent.
The average rate for the 10 metro areas with the most obesity was 34.8 percent, compared with 15.9 percent in the 10 least obese metro areas. Across the nation, 26.1 percent of American adults were considered obese in 2011, compared to 26.6 percent in 2010.
The Hartford/West Hartford/East Hartford region comes below the national average, with a 25.5 percent obesity rate, according to Gallup’s U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking. On a positive trend for obesity-related conditions, the percentage of respondents in the region diagnosed with diabetes fell from 11.6 percent in 2010 to 9.8 in 2011.
Tracking the BMI of residents across the nation since 2008, Gallup reports that the total percentage of those overweight or obese has been declining slightly every year since 2010. In 2009, the rate was at its peak at 63.1 percent. Of the 30,000 American adults surveyed last year, 62.1 percent are overweight or obese.
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