Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row

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Do you think people in Boulder get tired of having the city ranked the best this or the top that?

If so, they must be relieved to discover that Boulder finished second in a list of the most-content cities -- although that reaction may only make them feel more satisfied, risking a possible number-one finish next year. Damn it!

At the same time, Boulder's ranked the least obese city in the United States for the third consecutive year. We've assembled a batch of photos that show why.

First, the facts and figures. Gallup's just-released findings put Boulder's obesity rate at a measly 12.5 percent, as compared to McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, the most obese metro area, which tips the obesity scale at a whopping 38.5 percent.

Here's the list of most and least obese cities. Note that three other Colorado cities -- Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs -- appear in the least-obese top ten:

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The obesity figures come into play in the contentment rating, too. The website 247WallSt.com factors in obesity to its rubric for determining the least miserable U.S. cities. By its measure, Boulder is the second most content, for these reasons:
Boulder residents were among the nation's best at practicing healthy behaviors. They were among the least likely respondents to smoke and among the most likely to eat healthy all day. Likely because of this, residents scored well for physical health as well. In Boulder, 85.6% of residents had no health problems preventing them from age-appropriate activities -- the third highest rate in the nation. Every year the city hosts BolderBoulder, a 10K race that had more than 50,000 participants in 2012.
Fort Collins makes this roster, too, finishing fifth. And the winner? Lincoln, Nebraska.

Guess pollsters don't agree with the phrase "fat and happy."

To test the obesity theory, we consulted a Westword slide show entitled "Sunset Party at Boulder Reservoir," and sure enough, Gallup's results appear to hold up. The get-together features plenty of food and brew, yet virtually everyone on hand looks to be at a healthy weight -- fit, rather than spent-too-long-in-a-sweat-lodge emaciated.

Okay, maybe one guy has a bit of a gut -- but he's well under 12.5 percent of the crowd. See what we mean by checking out the photos below.

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Photo by Uriah West

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Photo by Uriah West

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Photo by Uriah West
Continue for more photos showing why Boulder has been named the least obese American city for the third year in a row.

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Dave Blondin
Dave Blondin

Being from Boulder, now traveling the greater USA for work, I'd say the "real" reason that Boulder is the least obese is because of the gentrification of the poor people. No poor people in the city, no obesity. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that Boulder has even higher property values than NYC and San Francisco? Poor people cannot afford Boulder rent, so no poor people live within the city limits.

James Tallo
James Tallo

I know some of these people....sorry, but if they're the question, then "drugs" is the answer.... LOL... some are not even from boulder...

Elayne Glasser
Elayne Glasser

This chick looks anorexic, that's not the answer either.

Squi Rrel
Squi Rrel

To town full of college kids, I don't remember eating in college I do remember drinking lots of coffee

Tom Duryea
Tom Duryea

Girls with there boobs hanging out always motivates me to get in shape.

Ryan Getz
Ryan Getz

marijuana cigarettes... reefers.

cthulhupun
cthulhupun

So, Boulder is the least obese city because its residents just hang out in the park all day. This was dumb, even by Westword standards. No pictures of the healthy produce in the supermarkets, no pictures of people living an active lifestyle that includes plenty of outdoor activities?
It's odd that Denver is the biggest city I've ever lived in, but has the worst weekly freebie magazine I've ever seen.

AgendaBuster
AgendaBuster

Regarding Fort Collins: I gotta think a rating has a lot to do with being a college town. Seems most cities with lowest scores have a major university in town. As for Fort Collins, had  Gallup looked at Fort Collins alone without Loveland the FTC score would have been higher! Seems college kids are thinner than moms with 2 or 3 kids, go figure!!!

Amanda 'Acker'
Amanda 'Acker'

Boy, other than Mobile, AL, there are no real southern states listed. Hhmmm....

Andrew O'Neil
Andrew O'Neil

Its hard to get fat when all you do is drink and live in the center of vanity land.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Easy.... If you live in Boulder you are either well to do or a dirty hippy. No logic needed :-)

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

I'd be thin if I smoked weed all day and didn't work too.

April Estes
April Estes

Ohhhh, Looky at all the Boulder-haters. It's ok, we all know jealousy drives your hate.

Peter Schawacker
Peter Schawacker

Boulder has more fit people because fit people move to Boulder. Duh.

Chad DuVall
Chad DuVall

Because they're rich, white and can afford the regimen.

Noah Nethero
Noah Nethero

because you led the story with the picture of a girls cleavage. Pretty simple...

Craigley
Craigley

Those are some dirty looking people.  Where do y'all rank and keeping it clean?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

'Be Like Boulder' !

It's like joining a religion w/ better beer & drugs !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Cheaper meth prices .....

senorboogiewoogie
senorboogiewoogie

People in Boulder are mostly wealthy, so they have a more diverse diet, plus access to equipment and exercise services. They also live in a place where it is beautiful and have many places to hike and bike around.

YourNeighborCarl
YourNeighborCarl

Some nice boobs in there, thanks for the hard-cracking journalism

Noah Weiler
Noah Weiler

Where is the most self-centered award? They could win that.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

According to the BAC, it's the fittest city in the world.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Oh Manny Moron, as the ONLY Conspiracies I SEE - are the 'Conspiracies to distribute 1,000's of Assault Weapons to Mexican Cartels by recruiting Felons to deliver them for Obama & Eric Holder in Operation Fast & Furious - or the 'Conspiracy' to COVER UP Benghazi by firing Gen Petreus, Gen. Carter Ham & Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette & then getting Hillary to HIDE !!! zzz http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1621.htm zzz

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

No, Daniel, the 24-7 Wall St. article refers specifically to tobacco use. Shut up; you're dumb.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I'm sure they like the rankings... I think the entire city is built on a solid foundation of "yippee" conceit.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

And Eric, YOU'RE a PUNK whose a PROVEN Moron who ASKS why LAW-ABIDING Citizens who aren't STONERS like Holmes & Lanzo should be able to own High-Capacity Magazines - while you're SILENT on all the Assault Weapons & Hi-Cap Mags that your BELOVED 'Magic Negro' (Obama) hands out like CANDY to Mexican Cartels & his 'Al Qaeda 'brothers' that have KILLED 100's of Americans - not a dozen or so, in Sandy Hook & Aurora !!!

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Also the least religious... God makes you fat.

David
David

That's some quality journalism there, Westword: Boulder's really skinny, here are pictures of hot babes from Boulder.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

NO Lisa - they mean SMOKING Marijuana, a regular pastime in Boulder's 'Stoner' Society !!!

Philo99
Philo99

@Dave Blondin It is a real nice thing about boulder.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@jalderman420 Interesting point, jalderman420 -- one we're going to highlight in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ian StClair  ... and stupid

stuka1
stuka1

@Daniel J. King IV <==== whining because Boulderites are having more fun than him

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