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Originally published March 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM | Page modified March 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

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Tri-Cities gets high obesity rank

Washington's Tri-Cities rank as the ninth-most obese metro area in the U.S.

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For the love of God the BMI needs to go away. It is not a true measurement of obesity... MORE

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Washington's Tri-Cities' top-10 finish in a recent national health poll isn't one that residents will want to puff up their chests about.

On Wednesday, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked the Tri-Cities as the No. 9 most obese metro area in the United States. Results are based on phone interviews Gallup and Healthways staged last year with more than 350,000 adults.

Participants reported their height and weight. Those figures were used to calculate body mass index (BMI) — an assessment of an individual's weight and health risk.

Scores of 30 and higher are considered obese. Tri-Citians averaged a 33.2 BMI. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue averaged 23.

Check out the rest of the nation at: well-beingindex.com.

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