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Reader: Denver natives are as guilty as transplants for rising obesity numbers

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We recently shared the American Fitness Institute's list of the ten fittest U.S. cities, in which Denver finished in fourth position after topping a similar study earlier this year. On Facebook, we asked readers if they thought Denver was getting flabbier and received some interesting responses, including this one.

Scott Valent writes:

Many of the "natives" from Denver suburbia don't ski, hike, or engage in any physical fitness. They take the mtns for granted, which is understandable. I'd blame them for the increase in obesity, not the transplants.

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6 comments
John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Really sick of the Denver must be fit stories. How bout we live our lives without your public scrutiny? The equation is clear. Sun plus activity equals joy! Just take a walk.

nick579
nick579

Yet another piece of dreck posted by westword. You're the worst.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

I live in Denver. I don't go to the mountains because all the tourists make it impossible to enjoy.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Lol I do. I moved out here almost a decade ago to ski, climb etc, but I know alot of people that moved out here well...just to move out here. Music, weather, the outdoors and the CO scene are a big draw. I still meet a few people that are drawn here for athletic pursuits, but more often just normal folks from all different walks of life. And there are ALOT of them. I meet more "new" people living in CO than i met my whole life living on the east coast. And sure alot of them probably party quite a bit more than they work out. haha like most of them. ColoRADo

Alexandra84
Alexandra84

Why live in Colorado. Its cheaper to live in Nebraska or Kansas. If your not going to go to the mountains or enjoy our natural playground..live somewhere cheaper. And Black Hawk.does not count.

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