Survey: Bellingham residents among the least obese in the U.S.


BELLINGHAM - The city's residents are among the least obese in the nation, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Outdoor-loving Bellingham tied for fourth place on the list of 189 metro areas with an obesity rate of 18.7 percent.

Boulder, Colo., topped the list of least obese U.S. communities with a rate of 12.4 percent.

Residents of Huntington-Ashland - a metropolitan area in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio - were the most obese in the nation, with a rate of 39.5 percent.

Gallup and Healthways surveyed the communities in 2012 and 2013.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state, according to the Gallup-Healthways report.

No state has reached that goal, and just one U.S. metro area has - Boulder.

Read the April 4 report by going to, selecting "Well-Being" on the menu bar, and scrolling down to the heading, "Boulder, Colo., Residents Still Least Likely to Be Obese."

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