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A new Gallup-Healthways poll has revealed the most and least obese metro areas in the country, based on the percentage of residents considered obese. The results were interesting but not too surprising. John Rickards, a registered dietitian based in Philadelphia, said that factors for the results could certainly include average income, climate, and the amount of activity one could participate in. Colorado, known for skiing, jogging, and other outdoor exercises, ranks in as the skinniest state.  

Top 10 most obese metro areas (with percent of residents considered obese):
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 38.8 percent
Binghamton, N.Y.: 37.6
Huntington-Ashland, W. Va., Ky., Ohio: 36.0
Rockford, Ill.: 35.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas: 33.8
Charleston, W. Va.: 33.8
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.: 33.5
Topeka, Kans.: 33.3
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash.: 33.2
Reading, Penn.: 32.7

10 least obese metro areas:
Boulder, Colo.: 12.1 percent
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.: 14.5
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.: 14.6
Barnstable Town, Mass.: 15.9
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.: 16.4
Naples-Marco Island, Fla.: 16.5
Trenton-Ewing, N.J.: 16.8
Provo-Orem, Utah: 17.1
Colorado Springs, Colo.: 17.4
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.: 17.5

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Sunday’s Big Game is historically known to yield equally big calorie intakes for Americans across the country. John Rickards, a registered dietitian based in Philadelphia, shared a plethora of ways and ideas that you could enjoy some of your favorite foods without the Monday quarterback second guessing.

– Implement a game plan: perhaps only eat during halftime or a certain part of the game.
– Eat thin crust pizza to cut down carbs and/or add vegetables to the pizza for extra nutritional value.
– Skip the wings and use Buffalo wing sauce to flavor grilled chicken breasts.
– Light beer can save you 50-70 calories over regular beer.
– Eat snacks that keep you active, such as pistachios or peanuts still in the shell.
– Avoid layered dips for guacamole (high nutritional value) or salsa (low in calories).