2009 Fattest Cities: #10 Louisville-Jefferson, KY

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: D
  • Nutrition: D
  • Sports Participation: C
  • TV Viewing: F
  • Overweight/Sedentary: D-
  • Junk Food: C-
  • Air Quality: D+
  • Geography: B-
  • Commute: C+
  • Parks & Open Space: D
  • City Rec Facilities: B
  • Access to Healthcare: A-
  • Motivation: B-
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: C
  • State Obesity: D-
  • What's Good
    Kentucky has "snack tax" laws aimed at reducing obesity and improving nutrition.

    Golfers can choose from 9 city-owned courses. Relative to population, that's more than most cities we surveyed.

    There are 48 percent more tennis courts per capita here than average among cities in our survey.

    What's Not
    Although other states participate in a CDC-sponsored program to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases, Kentucky doesn't.

    Kentucky state law limits or prohibits obesity-related lawsuits against food manufacturers and restaurants.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the Louisville-Jefferson television market spend 15 percent more time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey.

    According to the CDC, 42.4 percent of adults here are heavy enough to increase their risk for weight-related health problems. That's the 1st worst score of any city in our survey. Compare it to a national average of 36.09 percent.

    A mere 11.4 percent of Louisville-Jefferson residents run or jog - 4th lowest in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson dwellers 47 percent less likely than average to play beach volleyball - the 4th lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson residents are 37 percent less likely than average to go in-line skating. That's the 4th lowest in our survey.

    Locals are 89 percent less likely than average to surf, the 3rd lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson has a very low number of fitness swimmers - 30 percent lower than average, the 3rd lowest overall participation rate among cities in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson has the 3rd lowest participation rate for rowing machine use among cities in our survey.

    Only about 2 percent of Louisville-Jefferson residents do Pilates. That's the 3rd lowest rate in our survey.

    You'll find a lower percentage of mountain bikers in Louisville-Jefferson than almost anywhere else in our survey - only 0.9 percent of residents. The national average is 2.5 percent.

    Just 9 percent of Louisville-Jefferson residents exercise with dumbbells. That's 33 percent less than average and the 2nd lowest rate in our survey.

    Elliptical motion trainers are about 63 percent less popular than average in Louisville-Jefferson, the lowest overall rate among cities in our survey.

    Just 12 percent of Louisville-Jefferson residents have a health club membership. That's 33 percent less than average, and the lowest rate in our survey.

    Just 7 percent of Louisville-Jefferson residents exercise on stationary cycles. That's 47 percent less than average and the lowest rate in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson locals are 57 percent less likely than average to hit the stair-climbing machine for exercise - the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Louisville-Jefferson residents are 37 percent less likely than average to use an abdominal machine - the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Residents of Louisville-Jefferson are 42 percent less likely than average to participate in spinning type cycling classes, the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

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