Skinniest Men In America Hail From San Francisco, Then New York: Where Does Your City Rank? [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on July 22, 2013 5:30 PM EDT

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The skinniest men in America hail from San Francisco, beating New York as the least obese county in the U.S. (Photo: Flickr/advencap)

The skinniest men in America hail from San Francisco, beating New York as the least obese county in the U.S.. According to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or IHME, at the University of Washington in Seattle, fewer than one in five Golden Gate City men are obese. Could it be San Fran's hilly urban landscape that's keeping its men svelte and fit? Or is the hotbed of tech geeks and free spirits simply more fitness conscious? Why are the skinniest men in America living in California's northernmost metropolis?

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"Around the country, you can see huge increases in the percentage of people becoming physically active, which research tells us is certain to have health benefits," said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray. "If communities in the US can replicate this success and tackle the ongoing obesity impact, it will see more substantial health gains."

New York Daily News notes that big cities like San Francisco and New York are more likely to be brimming with high-strung, Type A personalities. These are men and women who tend to be better educated, success-driven and more affluent. These are all factors that contribute to thinner average waist size.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,or CDC, an adult whose body mass index, or BMI -- the ratio between weight and height -- is 30 or higher, is considered obese. For example, a person who is 5'9" tall is considered a "healthy weight" if they weigh between 125 and 168 pounds; 203 pounds or over is considered obese for someone that height. 

The CDC reports that one in three U.S. adults is obese, and two of every three Americans over 20 years of age are overweight or obese. 

Here are the counties with the lowest percentage of obese men in the U.S., according to data from 2011:

San Francisco, CA - 18.3 percent obese

New York, NY - 19.1 percent obese

Falls Church City, VA - 19.5 percent obese

Santa Fe, NM - 21 percent obese

Pitkin, CO - 21.3 percent obese

Teton, WY - 21.6 percent obese

Eagle, CO - 22 percent

Fairfax City, VA - 22 percent

District of Columbia - 22.4 percent

Summit, UT - 22.4 percent

And here are the counties with the highest percentage of obese men in the U.S., according to data from 2011:

Owsley, KY - 46.9 percent

Issaquena, MS - 46.7 percent

East Carroll, LA - 46.6 percent

Holmes, OH - 46.4 percent

Starr, TX - 46.2 percent

Lewis, KY - 46.1 percent

McDowell, WV - 46 percent

Lincoln, WV - 45.9 percent

Allen, LA - 45.6 percent

Union, FL - 45.5 percent

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