Survey shows which cities are thin, fat in Washington

ASSOCIATED PRESS AND HERALD STAFFApril 10, 2014 

SEATTLE -- Bellingham is one of the nation's thinnest communities and Yakima's among the most obese, according to a survey that lists Washington as the only state with cities ranked in the top five and the bottom five in the nation for obesity.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released its data last week for 2012-13. The Index is based on health surveys of adults in 189 metro areas.

Fewer than 19 percent of adults in the Bellingham area reported a body mass index of 30 or higher, which is consider obese. That ranks Bellingham as having the fourth-lowest obesity rate among all metro areas in the study.

But in Yakima, 36 percent of adults are obese, according to their BMI, the fourth-most obese in the nation. The Yakima area also has the third-highest rate of uninsured individuals (30 percent) and the fourth-highest rate of individuals who suffer from daily stress (65 percent), according to the study.

The Richland-Pasco-Kennewick metro area didn't make the national Top 10 in the latest survey, after previously being ranked ninth most obese in the country.

One Washington city ranked tops in the nation in healthful eating. Olympia is No. 1 with 66 percent of adults regularly including fruit and vegetables in their diet.

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