When it comes to being unhealthy, Philadelphia clearly has no gender discrimination policy. Coming on the heels of Men's Health ranking of Philly as one of the worst cities for men, Women's Health has ranked the city one of the unhealthiest for women.

Philadelphia came in at 97 out of the 100 cities surveyed, slightly beating the Men's Health ranking, in which Philly was number 98. The city is beat out for unhealthiest only by Detroit, Memphis and Birmingham, while Raleigh, N.C., San Jose, CA and Madison, WI top the list as healthiest.

The two magazines teamed up to survey 100 cities and rank them in 35
categories, including cancer and other disease rates, employment,
commuting times, air quality, hours spent working out and obesity.

Maybe our obesity rate is so high because of our irresistable beer and culinary scene: Saveur Magazine recently released a list of its own, the Top 100, an annual compilation of the best food, drinks, restaurants, recipes and people deemed the "new classics."


Michael Solomonov's Zahav came in at number 71 for its "transporting" atmosphere, "lusty" dishes and amazing hummus (seriously, it's good). Flying Fish Brewing Company's Oyster Stout Exit 1 ranked number 81 for its "chocolatey with a hint of seaweed" taste. Previously unbeknownst to me, its flavor - and others like it - is really made by boiling oysters in the brew kettle,

Back to wellness (see how easily we Philadelphians are distracted by food?), Women's Health suggests that unhealthy cities could become better hrough regular preventative screening procedures, such as mammograms, that can lead to early disease detection, and increased fitness activities, especially running, swimming or weight-lifting. Exercise enhances the immune system and can strengthen respiratory muscles, leading to a decreased chance for lung problems and other respiratory diseases, the magazine said.

We'd sort of rather sit here with our beer and hummus.

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