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The thin island of Manhattan

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 24, 2009

According to a recently released study, 42% of Manhattan dwellers are overweight or obese, compared to 67% nationally.

Manhattan is the national capital of disparate subcultures of the skinny: Aspiring models. Nightclubbing hipsters. Gay men with the time and money to chisel their physiques at the gym. Park Avenue society matrons who remain preternaturally slender into their 70s, the “social X-rays” satirized by Tom Wolfe.

When 2/3 of the American population is considered outside the normal range when it comes to their BMI, how long will it be before the standards are modified to reflect the new norms?