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There are many stereotypes that CU students face as young residents of Boulder, including their: active lifestyles, eco-friendly attitudes and being liberal-minded. One of the weightiest conventions that they face is maintaining a healthy and active image. Do Boulder and CU students eat up to the standards that outsiders think they uphold? The CUI investigates some impressions on Boulder and whether they are myth or fact.
Myth or Fact?
- Boulder is the healthiest city in Colorado
FACT - Fort Collins exceeded Boulder in terms emotional health and physical health, a Gallup Healthways report indicates, but in overall health, Boulder beats them all.
- A higher education level is not associated with a greater produce intake
MYTH - People who have received a college level education or greater eat more about 1/5 cup more vegetables on a daily basis than those with a high school education or lower, according to a Healthy People study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Boulder has less obese people on average than any other metro city area in the nation
FACT - Boulder has a 12.1 percent population of people who are categorized as obese. Coming in at 38.8 percent obese in 2012, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas is one of the most obese metro areas in the nation, according to Live Science. Even with 12.1 percent, though, one in eight people in Boulder are obese.
- There are more obese people than there are overweight people in the nation
FACT - People 20 years and older who are classified as obese are 35.9 percent of the population, compared to the 33.3 percent classified as overweight. Obesity is defined as a body-mass index of over 30 and overweight is defined as between 25 and 29.9. Calculate your BMI here.
DO CU Students follow the “Boulder health” stereotype?
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Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Haleema Mian at Haleema.firstname.lastname@example.org.