Miamians are Getting Fatter, According to Gallup Info

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Gallup released its annual findings on metro areas' well-being last week, and the Miami-area didn't place all that high or low. Though, perhaps the biggest difference from last year's findings when it comes to Miamians is that we're getting a little more chubby. Gallup claims 23 percent of Miamians are obese, compared to just 19.9 percent in 2009. That's still two percentage points below the national average, but the rest of the nation doesn't nearly spend as much time in bathing suits as we do.

First an explanation of Gallup's Well-Being index:

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The overall score and each of the six sub-index scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents the ideal. Gallup and Healthways have been tracking these measures daily since January 2008.

Boulder, Colorado, tops the chart nationwide, while Gainseville, Florida, cracks the top ten and is the most well-off in Florida.

The Miami-Ft. Lauderalde-Pompano Beach area receives a score of 65.2, which is below the national average of 66.8.

Besides the uptick in obesity, the poll also claims diabetes is up in the area: 12.5 percent compared to just 11 last year.

Though, 50.5 percent of us claim to be getting enough exercise, up from 48.7 last year. Though that's still below the national average of 51.6.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.