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Men's Fitness magazine announced the top 25 fittest and fattest cities in America. Baltimore (huh?) beat out cities like Honolulu, Colorado Springs, Tucson, San Francisco and Seattle to claim the top spot.

Where did LA rank in the top 25 fittest, you ask? Well, it didn't. It made the other list. The city of supermodels -- a/k/a liposuction central -- ranked as the third fattest city in America, only topped by Chicago and Las Vegas. Last year, LA came in at no. 21. So folks, we've gained a few pounds since then.

The article discusses the issue of obesity in terms of a public health problem -- and not just a personal overindulgence issue:

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...a growing number of medical experts started looking at America's fat epidemic as a public-health problem, exploring connections between people's waistlines and things like the environment they live in. Eight years later, open any public-health journal or visit any research conference today and you'll and a growing body of evidence that the causes of obesity are all around us, from limited recreational opportunities to air pollution, TV watching, zoning that allows too many drive-thrus, and an epidemic of less and less time to exercise.

So while we start pleading with our politicos to start cleaning our air, providing more parks, etc., it still won't hurt to put down that second Krispy Kreme this morning.

After the jump see both lists in their entirety.

The fittest and fattest cities in America in the annual survey by Men's Fitness magazine, with cities in order of ranking, and 2005 rankings in parentheses. An asterisk () denotes that last year's ranking was on the opposite list:


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1. Baltimore (25)
2. Honolulu (2)
3. Virginia Beach, Va. (12)
4. Tucson, Ariz. (8)
5. Milwaukee (15)
6. Colorado Springs, Colo. (3)
7. San Francisco (4)
8. Seattle (1)
9. Louisville-Jefferson, Ky. (not ranked)
10. Boston (11)
11. Sacramento, Calif. (7)
12. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. (25)
13. Albuquerque (10)
14. Tulsa, Okla. (22)
15. Phoenix (12)
16. Atlanta (23)
17. Portland, Ore. (6)
18. Washington (23)
19. Oakland, Calif. (20)
20. Denver (5)
21. Minneapolis (13)
22. Arlington, Texas (22)
23. Austin, Texas (19)
24. Jacksonville, Fla. (18)
25. Omaha, Neb. (16)

1. Chicago (5)
2. Las Vegas (9)
3. Los Angeles (21)
4. Dallas (6)
5. Houston (1)
6. Memphis, Tenn. (4)
7. Long Beach, Calif. (20)
8. El Paso, Texas (11)
9. Kansas City, Mo. (18)
10. Mesa, Ariz. (15)
11. Indianapolis (13)
12. San Antonio (10)
13. Fort Worth, Texas (14)
14. Miami (19)
15. Detroit (3)
16. Columbus, Ohio (16)
17. Oklahoma City (21)
18. Cleveland (24)
19. Wichita, Kan. (17)
20. Charlotte, N.C. (24)
21. San Diego (9)
22. Fresno, Calif. (14)
23. Philadelphia (2)
24. San Jose, Calif. (17)
25. New York (8)

SOURCE: Men's Fitness

Flickr photo courtesy of Josh Thompson