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Fat to fit

Gazette staff July 17th, 2013

Not long ago, Oklahoma City was considered one of the nation’s premier suppliers of fat-assery. In 2013, those stereotypes have now (quite literally) run their course.

Illustration: Brad Gregg
Facebook Stories — a website de- signed to “celebrate the different stories that are coming out of Facebook” — released its list of top 10 Fittest Cities last week, and OKC placed eighth.

That’s right: The same place that, in 2007, launched a citywide weight-loss program (ingeniously branded as “This City Is Going on a Diet”) somehow has morphed into one of the nation’s fittest municipalities close to overnight. Eat your heart out, other, fatter cities! (We’re lookin’ at you, Little Rock!)

The study was based on “fitness-related mentions, check-ins and use of fitness apps over a period of three months in U.S. cities with at least 200,000 Facebook users.” Not the purest methodology for scientific inquiry, but hey, we’ll take it!

Two caveats here, however. One: Given how recently this city was just one huge muffin top, we probably had to exercise more to attain “fit” status.

And two: The study didn’t measure OKC’s actual fitness level, just how much we brag about it on Facebook.

Which is to say: Good job, OKC, but don’t eat that proverbial cake just yet.

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