Lexington, Kentucky: America's most sedentary city, magazine finds
A national magazine has named Lexington, Kentucky, as the most sedentary city in America.
June 28th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Lexington, Kentucky: America's most sedentary city, magazine finds

Amid news that sitting for long periods of time can shave years from your life, a new article in Men's Health magazine calls out America's most sedentary cities.

The city that moves the least is Lexington, Kentucky.

The magazine based its rankings on data from various sources. The publication considered how often people exercise, as calculated  by Experian Marketing Services, and the percentage of households that watch more than 15 hours of cable a week and buy more than 11 video games a year, information gathered by Mediamark Research. The rankings also relied on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings regarding the rate of deaths from deep-vein thrombosis, a condition linked to staying in a seated position for a long time.

The remaining top four least active cities are Indianapolis; Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, West Virginia; and Oklahoma City.

The most active city is Seattle, the magazine says.

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  1. Laura

    I don't know about this. There are some 1-light towns in Texas where the average person is 100 lbs overweight. Surely one of those towns has Lexington beat?

    June 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kyrunner

    Considering the University of Kentucky ,the largest hospital in Ky , the center for tobacco sciences , major equine and veterinary center , hub for coal studies , major Thoroughbred industry and farms , Transylvania College as well as many other notable business centers are located in Lexington , I understand why people of small intellect or those that look for a free ride , would poor-mouth this beautiful city. I lived there for 20 plus years after moving from phila. , pa. and enjoyed a very active social , business and sports ( U.K. basketball, football ) . those who ridicule probably were born and raised in an environment that was demanding and would not let one adjust to the southern hospitality and civility presented in Lexington !

    June 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D. Channing

    Lexington is a vapid, shallow, uninspiring place filled with chain restaurants, conservative and intolerant people, and not a drop of culture to redeem it. Girls grow up aspiring to be in a sorority and then a housewife. Boys wear khakis and polos and nothing else and grow into fat, lazy men living vicariously through sports teams instead of being active themselves.

    It's a horrible place.

    June 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Crunchy

    This is junk science designed to incite the sheeple. I mean come on they are using a credit reporting agency to calculate how often people excersize? They are using a marketing firm to track video game purchases? I personally know a lot of gamers that are active in the martial arts and other physically strenuous activities so there is no credibility there , either.Hey, here's another news flash about tracking the amount of t.v. that any given family watches: leave your receiver/DVR on continually, irregardless of whether you actually have the t.v. on and are watching it, and that will show the marketing geniuses that all you do 24/7 is watch T.V. Oh and any medical professional will tell you that you can get deep vein thrombosis from other things other than just sitting all day.Such as a side effect from taking a doctor prescribed medication. It never ceases to amaze me that people will scream bloody murder over tax payer dollars funding healthcare to 'fix people" yet have no problem when 4 times that amount of taxpayer dollars goes to fund these useless and inaccurate 'studies'.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stacy Heilig

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    July 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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