LA seems like the gym capital of the world, right? Let’s face it, in the land of the stars and aspiring actors (read: waiters), image is everything. The clothes, the car, and, of course, the looks are the holy trinity in the land of the most shallow of the shallow.

Which is why it’s so surprising that a recent study by American College of Sports Medicine American Fitness Index (as reported by found that LA ranks astonishingly low when comes to health and fitness.

You may think that 29th isn’t super terrible, but consider that the study surveyed the 50 largest cities in America, of which LA is second behind only New York (which placed 24th, btw). That means over half of the nation’s big cities are in better shape than us. Cleveland is in better shape than us. Let that sink in for a second.

But it gets better. The study also shows that 1 in 4 Los Angelenos is obese. Not out of shape or heavy set. Obese.

And the icing on the cake? St. Paul, Minnesota, the land of blizzards and snow, tops the list for the second year in a row as the fittest city in the land.

Well, being LA, at least we can act like we don’t care. Get it, because of all the actors? Yeah, we’re gonna go work out now.

– Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio


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