Fattest city in the States

09 April 2014 - 02:01 By ©The Daily Telegraph
Scientists can now track how obese a particular city or neighborhood might be based on what its residents ‘like’ on Facebook.
Scientists can now track how obese a particular city or neighborhood might be based on what its residents ‘like’ on Facebook.
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Huntington, West Virginia, has been awarded the dubious mantle of America's fattest city as new research found that the proportion of obese US citizens grew again last year to 27%.

With almost 40% of its population classed as obese, the city of 50000 led the nation in a survey by the polling company Gallup. The fittest Americans were found in Boulder, Colorado, where just over 12% of the residents of the sports-mad university community were classed as obese.

Of Americans as a whole, only 35% are considered to be of normal weight, according to the survey. It showed a 1% rise in obesity from 26% in 2012, and a further 35% were classed as overweight.

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