Summer is a great time to go outside and get physically active in Michigan. Let’s face it- in the winter, it’s more difficult in cold climates like Michigan to stay in shape, unless you love sweating indoors. That said, it should not be surprising that Michigan is one of the less physically fit states in America. Okay. Maybe I’m just making excuses. But, regardless of our national average, when it comes to obesity, a new study from 247wallst.com names the most obese city in all of Michigan.
First, it’s worth noting that when it comes to overall physically fitness, Michigan ranks No. 38 in America, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (via RunReviews.com). If you’re wondering, D.C., Massachusetts, Colorado, Connecticut and New Hampshire, in that order, are the top five fittest states. Some of those states get pretty cold in the winter, so I guess climate isn’t an excuse. It was a good try, though. West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi came out as the states in the worst shape. Looking at specific factors such as diabetes, heart disease, wellness checkups, exercise and available gyms, Michigan didn’t rank among the best or worst states in America.
So, what’s the most obese city in Michigan? According to the staff at 247wallst.com, the most obese city in Michigan is Saginaw. The percentage of adults who are obese, according to their data, is 41.7%, which is well above the state average of 35.8%. Also looking at Saginaw statistics, the number of adults with diabetes is 11.1% (state: 9.5%), the number of adults who don’t exercise is 27.1% (state: 24.6%) and the number of adults who report poor or fair health is 20.1% (state: 18.2%). Find the full study from 247wallst.com here.