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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Bay Area Is Full of Skinny People

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM

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Maybe it's all those hills we climb or just the popularity of the treadmill desk. More likely, it's that you can't afford rent and groceries anymore. Whatever the case may be,  a new study has found that the San Francisco Bay Area is full of skinny people. 

According to, the Bay Area has the fifth smallest weight problem in the United States. The study rates American cities based statistics concerning obesity, lifestyle habits, and occurrence of weight-related illnesses, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The news comes just in time to honor of National Nutrition Month, which also happens to fall during Girl Scout Cookie season.

Of all the metrics, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward had the lowest percentage of obese adults with a high number of us eating plenty of fruits and vegetables per day (thanks, Alice Waters). Also, the region had only four In-N-Out Burgers and zero Chick-fil-A restaurants, which probably helps — a lot.

So who is skinnier than us? Provo (Utah), Denver, Colorado Springs, and the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area. The study failed to explain how those South Bay tech workers manage to stay in shape with so many catered meals available in the office.  

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Before we pat ourselves on our super-ripped shoulders, it might be prudent to remember that America as a whole consistently rates as the most obese country in the world. Calling ourselves fit in comparison to other American cities might be like calling Thin Mints healthier than Samoas.

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