Missoulians Are In Good Shape & Love the Outdoors - See What Other Cities Ranked!

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AARP recently came out with a study of the Skinniest US towns. Missoula, Montana ranked #7 of the top ten. They gathered information from the National Center for Chronic Disease BRFSS ('05-06) and looked at the average BMI for each city. Those with the lowest Body Mass Index (BMI) made the list.

Now keep inmind that they consider those with a BMI of 25 are still considered overweight. Thirty or above means obese. It's interesting to me that all but one of the "Skinniest" cities still had a BMI average of "overweight"


The top 10 is as follows:

1. Boulder, CO ...24.94

2. Santa Fe, NM ...25.50

3. Prescott, AZ ... 25.75

4. Palm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville, FL ... 25.79

5. Bend, OR ... 25.87

6. Barnstable Town, MA ... 25.95

7. Missoula, MT ... 25.97

8. Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice, FL ... 25.98

9. San Francisco Bay Area ... 25.98

10. Ft. Collins - Loveland, CO ... 25.99

U.S. Average ... 27.4

Missoula was also recently rated one of the Greenest Commuter towns by the same publication for our biking and walking to work.



Comments (2)


HI, Kevin,

The only problem with BMI is that it does not take into account what proportion of the weight is muscle.

A weight trainer who's 6', 190 will have a higher BMI than a fellow who does not train who's 6', 175. Yet the lighter man may have a greater percentage of bodyfat, and may not be as healthy as the wieght trainer.

Aug 26, 2008 03:30 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
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Good point Marty.

Aug 26, 2008 04:46 AM