Survey: Missoula Among Skinniest Cities

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – According to the latest issue of AARP Magazine, Missoula ranks seventh on a list of the nation’s skinniest towns.

The list is based on lowest average body mass index, or BMI, a formula that factors body weight and height.

A person with a BMI of 25 is considered overweight. Thirty and above means obese.

AARP’s researcher came up with a reading of 25.97 for Missoula, based on data accumulated by surveys of 500 county residents in both 2005 and 2006. That was comfortably lower than the national average of 27.4.

Boulder, Colo., leads the country at 24.94 — the only metropolis under 25.