2009 Fattest Cities: #4 Las Vegas, NV

  • Fitness Centers & Sport Stores: A-
  • Nutrition: B-
  • Sports Participation: F+
  • TV Viewing: F
  • Overweight/Sedentary: F+
  • Junk Food: F
  • Air Quality: C-
  • Geography: B
  • Commute: D+
  • Parks & Open Space: D-
  • City Rec Facilities: F+
  • Access to Healthcare: F
  • Motivation: C-
  • Mayor & City Initiatives: C+
  • State Obesity Initiatives: D+
  • What's Good
    Health-food stores are plentiful in Las Vegas: There's one for every 3,054 residents, handily beating the national average of one store per 12,118 people.

    Las Vegas residents are 3 percent more likely than average to actually use their gym or health-club memberships, according to our comparison of membership trends and club use, including machine use, exercising with weights, cardio classes, yoga and martial arts, among others.

    Our survey has found 73 percent more sporting-goods stores in Las Vegas than average, an indicator of an active populace.

    On a per capita basis, Las Vegas has 60 percent more gyms and health clubs than average, the 9th highest in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents are 45 percent more likely than average to go in-line skating. That's the 2nd highest in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents skateboard a lot more than average - 106 percent more than average, in fact. That's the 2nd highest percentage in our survey.

    Even the kids in Las Vegas are a blur, with 5.7 percent riding scooters, the 3rd highest in our survey.

    What's Not
    According to the CDC, 38.7 percent of adults here are heavy enough to increase their risk for weight-related health problems. That's the 5th worst score of any city in our survey. Compare it to a national average of 36.09 percent.

    According to Nielsen Media Research, TV viewers in the Las Vegas television market spend 19 percent more time in front of the tube than average among cities in our survey. That's the 3rd-highest TV-watching rate of any city in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents received a bottom score in fruit and vegetable consumption, with only 21 percent eating the recommended five or more servings per day.

    Las Vegas has 69 municipal parks, among the fewest of any city on a per capita basis, according to our exclusive survey of municipal park departments.

    Las Vegas's park acreage per capita is 82 percent lower than average and the 2nd lowest in our survey. Research has found a connection between access to parks and green space and reduced obesity rates.

    Las Vegas residents participate in sports much less than average - 15 percent less than average, in fact.

    Fast food, widely implicated as a contributor to obesity, is more common in Las Vegas than most places in our survey. In a per capita comparison there are 68 percent more fast-food joints here than average.

    Las Vegas lost points in our Motivation category for poor participation rates in running, biking and walking despite a relatively pleasant climate, especially in the cooler months.

    Las Vegas has 106 percent more pizza places per capita than the average among cities in our survey.

    There are 39 percent fewer tennis courts per capita here than average among cities in our survey.

    Donuts are 84 percent more popular here than average, according to a comparison of places where they are sold. Las Vegas has the 9th highest number of donut outlets per capita in our survey.

    Basketball courts are practically nonexistent here, among the fewest per capita in our survey. There's just one court here for every 10,748 residents; the national average is one court per 6,909 people.

    Ice cream shops are 151 percent more popular in Las Vegas than average.

    Almost nobody in Las Vegas participates in low-impact aerobic dancing; the participation rate here is the 3rd lowest of any city in our survey.

    Just 9 percent of Las Vegas residents exercise with dumbbells. That's 32 percent less than average and the 3rd lowest rate in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents are 63 percent less likely than average to play recreational baseball. That's the 3rd lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents are 45 percent less likely than average to do aerobics, the 2nd lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Las Vegas residents are 61 percent less likely than average to go trail-running - the 2nd lowest rate in our survey.

    Locals are 58 percent less likely than average to do aquatic exercise.

    Las Vegas residents are 52 percent less likely than average to play softball - the lowest participation rate in our survey.

    Residents of Las Vegas are 88 percent less likely than average to ski, the lowest rate of any city in our survey.

    Very few residents of Las Vegas play football - they're 49 percent less likely to play than average, the lowest rate in our survey.

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

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