L.A. Is In Fact Not The Fittest City In The Country
Any New Yorker will tell you that L.A. is soooo obsessed with fitness and soooo shallow in how much we care about how we look. BUT—as it turns out, Los Angeles is indeed among the least fit cities in the country. Take that, Manhattan!
NBC Los Angeles reports that of the nation's 50 largest cities, "Los Angeles is the 29th fittest city in the country, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fitness Index."
Turns out that while we don't smoke as much as other places and use public transportation more (!!!), we are also more mentally unstable and have higher rates of diabetes.
Our neighbors to the north and the south fared better than we did. The San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area came in fourth, and San Diego came in 14th.
Some of the ways in which fitness was measured—in addition to smoking and diabetes—was the number of dog parks, farmer's markets and recreation areas per capita, as well as rates of obesity.
The least fit city in the country is Oklahoma City. But watch out—we're coming for the title next year.