If you felt like you packed on a few pounds during the holidays have you considered it might not be all your fault?

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You might be able to blame where you live as the reason why you're thicker than you remember.

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According to a new study from 24/7 Tempo two of the most obese cities in America are in Illinois.

That's kind of disappointing but hey, it's a new year and an opportunity for us to make a resolution to lose some weight.

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Kankakee was ranked 23rd with 24/7 Tempo listing the obesity rate among adults (40.60%), adults who don't exercise regularly, people over 20 with diabetes, and adults in poor to fair health slightly above the national average.

Things took a bit of a shocking turn as I scrolled a bit further through the list noticing Rockford was labeled as the 18th most obese city in America.

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Each one of the categories studied by 24/7 Tempo shows Rockford well above the national average.

To see Rockford's name on the list is a major let down but I need to look at the bright side of things because at least we aren't Laredo.

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Located in Texas, Laredo is followed by Montgomery. Alabama is considered the two most obese cities in America.

Just a quick search reveals preventative measures on how to not be obese:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Limit unhealthy foods
  • Improve sleep routine and reduce stress

If you can do those things you will be on your way to living a healthy lifestyle.

Is there anything we're missing? Let us know.

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