St. Louis is middle-of-pack in study of fittest cities

Nearly 38% of St. Louisians say they are obese.

Fred Bodimer
May 15, 2019 - 11:29 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A new study is out on the fittest cities in America. How did St. Louis do?

The American College of Sports Medicine has just released its annual American Fitness Index rankings — measuring America's 100 largest cities on different health and fitness issues.

St. Louis comes in at number 51. Kansas City was 67th.

The fittest city was Arlington, Virginia. The least fit was Oklahoma City.

According to the findings, 34% of St. Louisians have high blood pressure, 24% smoke, 11% have asthma, 9% have diabetes — and nearly 38% say they are obese. 

One really bad statistic — St. Louis has the highest pedestrian fatality rate — the national average is 2.2 pedestrian deaths per 100,000.  Here it is nearly double that — 5.8 per 100,000.

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