A new report has ranked Toledo among the fattest communities in the country, with nearly two in five residents considered obese.
The new Gallup study measured adult obesity rates in 189 U.S. metropolitan areas in 2012 and 2013. Residents in the metro area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia topped the list of most obese communities in 2013, with 39.5-percent of residents classified as obsese - a BMI over 30.
Toledo ranks seventh most obese community, with a 34.2-percent adult obesity rate.
Boulder, Colo. is the thinnest community in the nation, with a 12-percent obesity rate, followed by Naples-Marco Island, FL with a 16.5-percent obesity rate. Boulder is the only metro area studied that has an obesity rate less than 15-percent.
The study consists of interviews of at least 300 adults aged 18 and older in each of the 189 metro areas surveyed.
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Nationwide, the obesity rate increased to 27.1-percent in 2013. The rate is the highest recorded since Gallup began tracking the measure in 2008.
"Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences for both individuals and communities of all sizes. Numerous social, environmental, economic, and individual factors may all contribute to physical inactivity and consumption of less healthy foods, two lifestyle behaviors linked to obesity," said Janna Lacatell, Healthways Lifestyle Solutions Director. "In order to combat the trend and encourage individuals to make healthier choices, community-based policy and environmental approaches can, and should, be used."
The most obese communities in the study: Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (39.5%), McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (38/3%), Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV (36.7%), Yakima, WA (35.7%), Little Rock-N Little Rock-Conway, AR (35.1%), Charleston, WV (34.6%), Toledo, OH (34.2%), Clarksville, TN-KY (33.8%), Green Bay, WI (33%), Rockford, IL (33%).