If you think lifestyle in Las Vegas, consider a person getting in their car, puffing on a cancer stick to go down a block to our neon lit McDonald’s for a super-duper Big Mac combo. Or hunkered down with their mouth wrapped around a huge greasy pizza. At least that’s the conclusion drawn from recent surveys of the nation’s most fit cities.
Las Vegas didn’t come in last place, but they really tried. Las Vegas came in 42nd place in a field of 50 cities, behind the leading fittest American cities of Washington, D.C.(first), Minneapolis-St. Paul (second), and Denver (third).
The Fitness Index results from the American College of Sports Medicine ranked the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. using criteria such as the percentage of people who are obese, how often residents ate fruits and vegetables, how many smoke, and how much public space there was.
Those findings came on the heels a few months ago from a survey in Men’s Fitness magazine, which ranked Las Vegas as the fourth fattest in the nation.
To add insult to injury, the National Alliance of Mental Illness released their state-by-state findings in March, giving Nevada a “D” grade overall for dealing with the associated issues, and an “F” grade in some key categories.
I don’t know about you, but writing on this stuff makes the staff of Las Vegas Backstage Access very hungry for some fast-food.