Doing It in the Fattest City

February 12, 2008 at 3:27 am Leave a comment

Las Vegas is a place of extremes, sometimes polar opposite extremes. There are so many “beautiful people” wandering around, not just on the Strip but also at the local grocery store. Sin City’s penchant for all things sexy means that “hotties” of both genders are more prevalent here than most anywhere else in the country.

Strangely enough, the hotties are counterbalanced by those who’ve embraced the City’s abundance with their whole beings – literally. Men’s Fitness magazine has just named Vegas America’s Fattest City for the second year in a row. That need for excess – whatever the activity – apparently translates to our waistlines.

The Men’s Fitness study, which first came out ten years ago, determines a city’s fitness or fatness using nearly two dozen factors. The factors include a “…city’s sports participation rates, time spent working out, number of parks, average commute time, television viewing rates and legislative health initiatives.”

What does this designation mean to me?

It makes me even more proud that I’ve accomplished what I have in the last five years because I’ve been living in the heart of the lion’s den, so to speak.

My success also supports a premise I’ve postulated before: environment doesn’t determine success or failure in losing weight and getting healthy. It can be done under any set of circumstances. Sure, it’s nice to have bike paths and healthy workplaces and community events built around sports and exercise. Not having them, though, doesn’t mean you’re destined to live large in a recliner for the rest of your life.

If you decide you want to change your habits, you can do it, regardless of whether you live in the fattest city in the U.S. or the fittest (which – by the way – happens to be Colorado Springs, according to Men’s Fitness). It may be harder to do depending on where you live and what conditions you’re presented with, but it can be done. And that’s the key message: it CAN be done.

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