Report: Southwest Connecticut is America’s 2nd best community for weight loss

From left Chloe Demetrius, Cerissa Orbegoso, Carlos Miller, Erik Hufnagel and Nahim Isaza run on treadmills during the second annual Marathon on Myrtle treadmill event at Underground Fitness in Stamford, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. File Photo

From left Chloe Demetrius, Cerissa Orbegoso, Carlos Miller, Erik Hufnagel and Nahim Isaza run on treadmills during the second annual Marathon on Myrtle treadmill event at Underground Fitness in Stamford, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. File Photo

How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? Have you been hitting the gym in the past couple weeks? Cutting the calories by switching to salad? My guess is you’re doing pretty well. Across America, losing weight is the most common resolution made, and this area has a jump start on reaching their targets.

Trulia.com, a real estate website, released a new study last week that ranks metropolitan areas across the nation for residents odds of losing weight and it turns out Fairfield County ranks pretty well. Check it out:

Korina Buhler, a spokeswoman for Trulia explained the methodology behind the rankings in an email last week. Turns out Trulia weighs five different measures to determine which areas are best for weight loss:

  1. Eating healthier food. Says Buhler, “We used the ratio of “slow food” establishments (supermarkets, specialty food markets, and full-service restaurants) divided by “fast food” establishments (convenience stores and fast-food restaurants). Metros with more “slow food” and less “fast food” scored higher.”
  2. Commuting to work. The analysis factored in the percentage of residents who bike or walk to work on a daily basis, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  3. Hitting the gym. Trulia used the number of gyms, health clubs and fitness centers per 1,000 households and found that Fairfield County has the highest density in the nation.
  4. Enjoying the great outdoors. Buhler says, “Hate the treadmill? Then hike, ski, run, or surf. To get a measure of all of the outdoor sports opportunities in a metro, we used the number of sporting-goods stores per 1,000 households.”
  5. Join a program. The analysis also factored in the number of weight-loss and diet centers (think Weight Watchers) per 1,000 households in metro areas across the United States.

 

You’ll notice nothing in this analysis factors in the number of people who are obese or overweight. And that’s a purposeful decision, according to Buhler, who notes that Trulia was “looking for the metros that offer the best tools for people trying to lose weight–not the metros with the fittest, thinnest, or most beautiful people.”

Maggie Gordon