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 |  Posted: 04/11/12 12:22 PM ET  |  Updated: 04/11/12 01:16 PM ET

7 Cities With The Worst Health Woes (PHOTOS)

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish:

Bad news for the City of Brotherly Love: According to a recent study, Philadelphia is in direly poor health—it’s ranked the least healthy city in the state of Pennsylvania, and its obesity rates and percentage of smokers are among the highest in the nation. It’s not entirely residents’ fault, though, researchers say: Access to healthy and organic foods is severely limited, and many of the city’s recreational centers are located in unsafe areas and have fallen into disuse.

Philadelphia may be having its day in the doctor’s office, but a number of other American cities are notoriously in need of a health kick, too. We looked at seven cities blighted by physical and mental health crises, and are happy to recommend a book to help each of these ailing cities set out on the road to recovery.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Obesity
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Healthy eating doesn't seem to sit well with the place known for its cheesesteak. Among the 10 largest U.S. cities, Philly weighs in as the most obese, which has led city officials to propose such measures as a citywide soda tax and anti-junk-food initiatives in public schools. Researchers agree that the city's malnutrition can be linked to its poverty crisis: The temptations of cheap, good-tasting fast food are plenty. But the promise of Jonni McCoy's cookbook, "Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving," is hard to refuse. McCoy shows readers how to cook easy, delicious and nutrition-rich meals that won't take up a lot of your time--and cost less than a trip to Burger King.
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