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RedDread
01-06-2006, 09:21 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/diet.fitness/01/06/fittest.city.ap/index.html

Baltimore surprised to be 'fittest city'
Men's Fitness cites additional criteria that improve city's rating

Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 10:59 a.m. EST (15:59 GMT)


BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- When an annual survey named Baltimore the fittest city in America, many Charm City residents had the same response: You gotta be kidding.

Sure, people here are known for eating lots of seafood, but are crab cakes and deep-fried lake trout the staples of a healthy diet?

"I think it's probably the most mis-fit city in America," said Charisse Bailey as she dug into a typical Baltimore lunch: fried red snapper on thick white bread, with a side of french fries and a beer.

The city's skyline is dotted with neon signs advertising Domino sugar, Utz potato chips and National Bohemian beer. And while many neighborhoods, such as Fells Point and Federal Hill, have been transformed by an influx of young professionals, a Friday night visit to either reveals a culture that revolves around drinking and greasy food.

Nevertheless, Men's Fitness magazine placed Baltimore at the top of its annual list of cities where fitness is king, ahead of Honolulu (No. 2 for the second consecutive year), San Francisco (No. 7) and last year's winner, Seattle (No. 8).

The fattest city in America for 2006 is Chicago, taking over the dubious honor from Houston.

Last year, Baltimore was closer to Houston than it was to Honolulu, checking in as the 25th-fattest city in the Men's Fitness tally.

How could such a turnaround be possible in the span of a year? Men's Fitness editor Neal Boulton is quick to point out that the survey is far from scientific, and he says it took additional factors into account this year that worked in Baltimore's favor.

Among them: the amount of public park space, access to health care, air quality, the relatively small number of fast-food restaurants and the leadership of Mayor Martin O'Malley. Boulton says Baltimore has become safer, more prosperous and more conducive to fitness.

"Baltimore is a paragon of urban renewal. That's why it's the fittest city, that's why it's the comeback city," he said.

Boulton says he also reduced the importance of climate in the survey, which is one reason Baltimore squeaked ahead of Honolulu.

Rival magazine Men's Health had a different take on Baltimore. In its current issue, the magazine ranks Baltimore 93rd on its list of the "100 Best Cities for Men," with grades of "F" in health and quality of life and "C+" in fitness. San Francisco tops the Men's Health survey, and Honolulu is No. 2.

Baltimore residents seemingly would have had an easier time believing the Men's Health ranking. When told of the Men's Fitness honor, they invariably reacted with shock, bewilderment or outright laughter.

"Baltimore lives on junk food. That's why we're all standing here," said electrician Mark Smith as he surveyed the scene at Lexington Market. The popular downtown lunch spot has dozens of kiosks selling fried chicken and cheap Chinese food.

"I've been eating here for 21 years," Smith said. "I walk around and think, 'What's the lesser of the evils?"'

While the city has seen significant reductions in violent crime, large sections remain plagued by poverty and drugs, and residents of less prosperous neighborhoods often have to depend on convenience stores and takeout food for sustenance.

"We don't eat well at all," said Tremonteria Morgan, a vegetarian. "We eat a lot of fried foods -- fried chicken and soul food. For myself, I have to search high and low for a health food place. We have a lot of obesity here in our city."

The mayor looked on the bright side, attributing Baltimore's increasing fitness to its economic revival and the end of its precipitous population drop.

"You see some neighborhoods starting to grow again, and attracting younger people. With those younger people coming, there's a number of gyms now," O'Malley said. "In every growing neighborhood, you look for two leading signs -- one is a gym and the other is a Starbucks."


FITTEST CITIES
1. Baltimore, Maryland
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
4. Tucson, Arizona
5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
7. San Francisco, California
8. Seattle, Washington
9. Louisville-Jefferson, Kentucky
10. Boston, Massachusetts
--Source: Men's Fitness Magazine

FATTEST CITIES
1. Chicago, Illinois
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Dallas, Texas
5. Houston, Texas
6. Memphis, Tennessee
7. Long Beach, California
8. El Paso, Texas
9. Kansas City, Missouri
10. Mesa, Arizona
--Source: Men's Fitness Magazine

morphius
01-06-2006, 09:24 AM
Their way of figureing out which are fat and which are fit is some odd formula of number health clubs and some other goofy stuff together. Its not like they even attempt to do an actual survey of the people.

RedDread
01-06-2006, 09:27 AM
Yeah I was kinda dissapointed that Super Size Me used this ranking in their movie and the way they presented it made it seem like it was a scientific ranking.

Still a good movie tho.

Baby Lee
01-06-2006, 09:27 AM
Among them: the amount of public park space, access to health care, air quality, the relatively small number of fast-food restaurants and the leadership of Mayor Martin O'Malley. Boulton says Baltimore has become safer, more prosperous and more conducive to fitness.

"Baltimore is a paragon of urban renewal. That's why it's the fittest city, that's why it's the comeback city," he said.
That is such BS, and revealing it just may burst the bubble on people referring to these studies every time they come out.
When you hear 'fattest city' you naturally envision some form of sampling of weight, body fat percentage, clothing sizes, etc. Then you see that it actually is an index of some progressivist agenda items. Nothing like disguising your PAC aims by couching it terms of 'who's fat?'

Rain Man
01-06-2006, 09:51 AM
Relative to morphius' and baby lee's statements, I think I could make a reasonable argument that more health clubs and more health care would be signs of a less fit city than a more fit city.

King_Chief_Fan
01-06-2006, 09:53 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/diet.fitness/01/06/fittest.city.ap/index.html

Baltimore surprised to be 'fittest city'
Men's Fitness cites additional criteria that improve city's rating

Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 10:59 a.m. EST (15:59 GMT)


BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- When an annual survey named Baltimore the fittest city in America, many Charm City residents had the same response: You gotta be kidding.

Sure, people here are known for eating lots of seafood, but are crab cakes and deep-fried lake trout the staples of a healthy diet?

"I think it's probably the most mis-fit city in America," said Charisse Bailey as she dug into a typical Baltimore lunch: fried red snapper on thick white bread, with a side of french fries and a beer.

The city's skyline is dotted with neon signs advertising Domino sugar, Utz potato chips and National Bohemian beer. And while many neighborhoods, such as Fells Point and Federal Hill, have been transformed by an influx of young professionals, a Friday night visit to either reveals a culture that revolves around drinking and greasy food.

Nevertheless, Men's Fitness magazine placed Baltimore at the top of its annual list of cities where fitness is king, ahead of Honolulu (No. 2 for the second consecutive year), San Francisco (No. 7) and last year's winner, Seattle (No. 8).

The fattest city in America for 2006 is Chicago, taking over the dubious honor from Houston.

Last year, Baltimore was closer to Houston than it was to Honolulu, checking in as the 25th-fattest city in the Men's Fitness tally.

How could such a turnaround be possible in the span of a year? Men's Fitness editor Neal Boulton is quick to point out that the survey is far from scientific, and he says it took additional factors into account this year that worked in Baltimore's favor.

Among them: the amount of public park space, access to health care, air quality, the relatively small number of fast-food restaurants and the leadership of Mayor Martin O'Malley. Boulton says Baltimore has become safer, more prosperous and more conducive to fitness.

"Baltimore is a paragon of urban renewal. That's why it's the fittest city, that's why it's the comeback city," he said.

Boulton says he also reduced the importance of climate in the survey, which is one reason Baltimore squeaked ahead of Honolulu.

Rival magazine Men's Health had a different take on Baltimore. In its current issue, the magazine ranks Baltimore 93rd on its list of the "100 Best Cities for Men," with grades of "F" in health and quality of life and "C+" in fitness. San Francisco tops the Men's Health survey, and Honolulu is No. 2.

Baltimore residents seemingly would have had an easier time believing the Men's Health ranking. When told of the Men's Fitness honor, they invariably reacted with shock, bewilderment or outright laughter.

"Baltimore lives on junk food. That's why we're all standing here," said electrician Mark Smith as he surveyed the scene at Lexington Market. The popular downtown lunch spot has dozens of kiosks selling fried chicken and cheap Chinese food.

"I've been eating here for 21 years," Smith said. "I walk around and think, 'What's the lesser of the evils?"'

While the city has seen significant reductions in violent crime, large sections remain plagued by poverty and drugs, and residents of less prosperous neighborhoods often have to depend on convenience stores and takeout food for sustenance.

"We don't eat well at all," said Tremonteria Morgan, a vegetarian. "We eat a lot of fried foods -- fried chicken and soul food. For myself, I have to search high and low for a health food place. We have a lot of obesity here in our city."

The mayor looked on the bright side, attributing Baltimore's increasing fitness to its economic revival and the end of its precipitous population drop.

"You see some neighborhoods starting to grow again, and attracting younger people. With those younger people coming, there's a number of gyms now," O'Malley said. "In every growing neighborhood, you look for two leading signs -- one is a gym and the other is a Starbucks."


FITTEST CITIES
1. Baltimore, Maryland
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
4. Tucson, Arizona
5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
7. San Francisco, California
8. Seattle, Washington
9. Louisville-Jefferson, Kentucky
10. Boston, Massachusetts
--Source: Men's Fitness Magazine

FATTEST CITIES
1. Chicago, Illinois
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Dallas, Texas
5. Houston, Texas
6. Memphis, Tennessee
7. Long Beach, California
8. El Paso, Texas
9. Kansas City, Missouri
10. Mesa, Arizona
--Source: Men's Fitness Magazine

kick Fatlock out of the city and KC jumps into the most fit category.

luv
01-06-2006, 09:55 AM
Relative to morphius' and baby lee's statements, I think I could make a reasonable argument that more health clubs and more health care would be signs of a less fit city than a more fit city.
I can see the reasoning behind that statement. The more there are shows that there are more people who need them.

Rain Man
01-06-2006, 10:00 AM
Truthfully, the most fit cities on average are going to be those with the youngest average population, regardless of attitudes. A more interesting analysis would control for that, but the bottom line is that younger people are, on average, slimmer and more fit than older people.

greg63
01-06-2006, 10:00 AM
I wonder if people are predisposed to fitness the same way scientist claim that they are predisposed to fatness.

luv
01-06-2006, 10:03 AM
Truthfully, the most fit cities on average are going to be those with the youngest average population, regardless of attitudes. A more interesting analysis would control for that, but the bottom line is that younger people are, on average, slimmer and more fit than older people.
I can't remember exactly what the stat was that I heard. There are something like 4 times the number of obese children than there was 20 years ago. May have been higher than that.

Archie F. Swin
01-06-2006, 10:12 AM
Chances are, the cities on the "fattest" list have the best food. Note all the perennial Texas cities on this list. Have you seen the portions served by these tex-mex joints?

"Be careful sir the plate is very hot, and will be souly responsible for your fat ass."

Ultra Peanut
01-06-2006, 10:14 AM
That is such BS, and revealing it just may burst the bubble on people referring to these studies every time they come out.They revealed it years ago... didn't stop people from stupidly pointing to this as if it were valid.

beer bacon
01-06-2006, 10:46 AM
I am pretty disappointed in our beloved city. You would think that with the best bbq in the world we could do a little better.

Rain Man
01-06-2006, 10:47 AM
With a name like beer bacon, should we assume that you're doing your part?

Simply Red
01-06-2006, 10:48 AM
PHAT!

Simply Red
01-06-2006, 10:49 AM
With a name like beer bacon, should we assume that you're doing your part?
ROFL :clap: