The 25 Laziest Cities In America

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Even when times are tough, not everyone is exactly living up to the vigorous, enterprising stereotype of rugged American individualism.

Put more bluntly, some people are just lazy. They watch too much TV; they don’t exercise; they let themselves slip from being overweight to obese. Surely, that’s not going to help us get out of the recession.

Those are problems across the country, but we found the places where people really need to get off the couch: the 25 Laziest Cities in America.

We made the list by analysing three metrics: self-reported obesity and physical activity rates (from the centres for Disease Control) and TV viewership (from Nielsen). The scores were then normalized and combined to rank the worst cities.

#25 Mobile, AL

31.8% of citizens don't exercise.28.1% watch TV during the week.

28.1% are fat.

Final score: 210.3

#24 Grand Isle, NE

29.5% of citizens don't exercise.22.7% watch TV during the week.

35.0% are fat.

Final score: 211.2

#23 Scottsbluff, NE

34.4% of citizens don't exercise.20.8% watch TV during the week.

32.4% are fat.

Final score: 212.7

#22 Jackson, Miss.

31.5% of citizens don't exercise.28.7% watch TV during the week.

29.5% are fat.

Final score: 214.4

#21 Dallas, Texas

28.4% of citizens don't exercise.34.2% watch TV during the week.

28.2% are fat.

Final score: 214.8

#20 Camden, NJ

26.8% of citizens don't exercise.37.8% watch TV during the week.

27.6% are fat.

Final score: 216.7

#19 Buffalo, NY

26.7% of citizens don't exercise.37.4% watch TV during the week.

28.2% are fat.

Final score: 217.2

#18 Hickory, NC

26.4% of citizens don't exercise.38.3% watch TV during the week.

28.0% are fat.

Final score: 217.8

#17 Charleston, WV

30.5% of citizens don't exercise.28.8% watch TV during the week.

32.7% are fat.

Final score: 220.4

#16 Atlantic City, NJ

27.2% of citizens don't exercise.37.8% watch TV during the week.

28.8% are fat.

Final score: 220.8

#15 Pittsburgh, Penn.

26.7% of citizens don't exercise.39.0% watch TV during the week.

28.7% are fat.

Final score: 221.8

#14 Detroit, Mich.

26.5% of citizens don't exercise.36.3% watch TV during the week.

31.1% are fat.

Final score: 221.9

#13 Louisville, Ky.

27.2% of citizens don't exercise.41.1% watch TV during the week.

27.8% are fat.

Final score: 225.1

#12 Hagerstown, MD

28.7% of citizens don't exercise.38.4% watch TV during the week.

30.2% are fat.

Final score: 229.4

#11 Las Vegas, NV

28.9% of citizens don't exercise.44.1% watch TV during the week.

23.2% are fat.

Final score: 229.4

#10 Fayetteville, NC

29.3% of citizens don't exercise.40.4% watch TV during the week.

29.4% are fat.

Final score: 233.0

#9 Oklahoma City, Okla.

29.0% of citizens don't exercise.40.0% watch TV during the week.

30.2% are fat.

Final score: 233.5

#8 Tulsa, Okla.

30.8% of citizens don't exercise.39.3% watch TV during the week.

30.0% are fat.

Final score: 237.3

#7 Wichita Falls, Texas

40.1% of citizens don't exercise.34.2% watch TV during the week.

26.3% are fat.

Final score: 239.1

Memphis, Tenn.

28.9% of citizens don't exercise.46.6% watch TV during the week.

30.8% are fat.

Final score: 248.5

#5 Orangeburg, S.C.

36.8% of citizens don't exercise.27.6% watch TV during the week.

38.7% are fat.

Final score: 249.2

#4 New Orleans, La.

29.7% of citizens don't exercise.48.1% watch TV during the week.

29.4% are fat.

Final score: 250.0

#3 Birmingham, Ala.

29.5% of citizens don't exercise.45.0% watch TV during the week.

34.1% are fat.

Final score: 255.2

#2 Huntington, WV

29.9% of citizens don't exercise.39.0% watch TV during the week.

35.8% are fat.

Final score: 255.4

#1 Tuscaloosa, Ala.

29.9% of citizens don't exercise.45.0% watch TV during the week.

37.5% are fat.

Final score: 265.0

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