WASHINGTON -- The Tri-Cities' top-10 finish in a recent national health poll isn't one that residents will want to puff up their chests about.
On Wednesday, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked the Tri-Cities as the No. 9 most obese metro area in the United States.
Results are based on phone interviews Gallup and Healthways staged last year with more than 350,000 adults.
Participants reported their height and weight. Those figures were used to calculate body mass index (BMI) -- an assessment of an individual's weight and health risk.
Scores of 30 and higher are considered obese. For example, a 5-foot-4-inch woman who weights 174 pounds or a 5-foot-10 man at 209 would have a BMI of 30.
Tri-Citians averaged a 33.2 BMI. Yakima weighed in at 32.4.
The most obese area in the country is McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, with an average BMI of 38.8.
Boulder, Colo., is the least obese with a trim rating of 12.1. The Bay Area triangle of San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont, Calif., came in 10th at 17.5.
Washington cities surveyed included Spokane at 20.7, Bremerton-Silverdale at 22.6, Bellingham at 22.9, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue at 23 and Olympia at 23.4. In Oregon, the slimmest residents are in Eugene-Springfield at 23.3, followed by Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton at 24.6, Medford at 25.6 and Salem at 27.2.
Check out the rest of the nation at: well-beingindex.com.