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Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row

Do you think people in Boulder get tired of having the city ranked the best this or the top that?

If so, they must be relieved to discover that Boulder finished second in a list of the most-content cities -- although that reaction may only make them feel more satisfied, risking a possible number-one finish next year. Damn it!

At the same time, Boulder's ranked the least obese city in the United States for the third consecutive year. We've assembled a batch of photos that show why.

First, the facts and figures. Gallup's just-released findings put Boulder's obesity rate at a measly 12.5 percent, as compared to McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, the most obese metro area, which tips the obesity scale at a whopping 38.5 percent.

Here's the list of most and least obese cities. Note that three other Colorado cities -- Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs -- appear in the least-obese top ten:

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The obesity figures come into play in the contentment rating, too. The website 247WallSt.com factors in obesity to its rubric for determining the least miserable U.S. cities. By its measure, Boulder is the second most content, for these reasons:

Boulder residents were among the nation's best at practicing healthy behaviors. They were among the least likely respondents to smoke and among the most likely to eat healthy all day. Likely because of this, residents scored well for physical health as well. In Boulder, 85.6% of residents had no health problems preventing them from age-appropriate activities -- the third highest rate in the nation. Every year the city hosts BolderBoulder, a 10K race that had more than 50,000 participants in 2012.

Fort Collins makes this roster, too, finishing fifth. And the winner? Lincoln, Nebraska.

Guess pollsters don't agree with the phrase "fat and happy."

To test the obesity theory, we consulted a Westword slide show entitled "Sunset Party at Boulder Reservoir," and sure enough, Gallup's results appear to hold up. The get-together features plenty of food and brew, yet virtually everyone on hand looks to be at a healthy weight -- fit, rather than spent-too-long-in-a-sweat-lodge emaciated.

Okay, maybe one guy has a bit of a gut -- but he's well under 12.5 percent of the crowd. See what we mean by checking out the photos below.

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

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Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Continue for more photos showing why Boulder has been named the least obese American city for the third year in a row.

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Continue for more photos showing why Boulder has been named the least obese American city for the third year in a row.

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

Photos: Here's why Boulder is the least obese American city for third year in a row
Photo by Uriah West

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