The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention crunched the data and learned that Eagle County is home to the lowest percentage of obese people in the country.
Fewer than 11.8 percent of Eagle County residents are considered obese, and only 9.4 percent of residents are physically inactive. That’s less than half the national average of 22 percent.
Across Colorado, only 21.3 percent of residents are obese.
Dr. Dennis Lipton, an internist at Vail Health, said low obesity is a little bit of heredity but mostly self-selection.
“People who live here have generally chosen the active mountain lifestyle. It’s an expensive place to live, so if you are not actively engaged in enjoying the outdoors, the motivation to stay here is reduced. Also, because it’s expensive to live here, the education level and socioeconomic status of the average resident is higher than average,” Lipton said.
People who are overweight or have other serious problems simply cannot live in Eagle County because of the altitude and prefer lower elevations, Lipton said.