Studies have generally shown Massachusetts to be one of the healthier states in the nation, ranking near the bottom in obesity rates in previous years. So it’s not shocking that a new study found that Greater Boston was one of the thinnest metropolitan areas in America.
The study, which comes from personal finance site WalletHub, relied on more than just obesity rates. It factored in metrics like the percentage of inactive adults in the area; the percentage of adults with health issues like high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure; and the percentage of adults who don’t eat at least one serving of fruits and vegetables a day. The data came from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, and WalletHub research data.
According to the study’s results, the Greater Boston area (which includes surrounding cities like Cambridge and Newton and even parts of Southern New Hampshire) ranked sixth-to-last, meaning only five cities were thinner.
In terms of positives, Boston ranked in the 89th percentile for rates of both high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes (meaning the city finished among the top 11 percent for the lowest rates of those health issues). However, the metro area also ranked in the 35th percentile for child obesity rates (meaning that 64 percent of cities had a lower percentage of obese children).
If Boston wants to crack the top five thinnest states, it needs to surpass Honolulu; Reno, Nevada; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas; and Sacramento, California.