The 20 Fattest and Fittest Universities

Is your university populace fit as a fiddle, sprinting between classes and the gym with the greatest of ease, or is it, as a whole, huffing and puffing its way back and forth from the computer lab to the local late-night hot dog joint? This is, of course, an exaggeration, but Mens Fitness magazine did partner with research organization the Princeton Review to come up with this much-needed, and never-before-produced, list.

Using surveys of nearly 10,000 students from more than 660 of top colleges and universities in the United States, the researchers graded each school on the following criteria:

Student Bodies: Students gender, height, weight and weight gained or lost since beginning college. Exercise: A measure of students participation in weekly vigorous and leisurely physical activity. Bad Habits: A summary of how much fast food, alcohol and cigarettes students consumed on a weekly basis, along with how much time was spent participating in sedentary activities (other than studying), like watching TV or playing video games. Other Lifestyle Choices: Supplement use, amount of sleep per night, and significant others influence on fitness goals. Campus Culture of Fitness: Physical fitness requirements (or recommendations) and student opinions on the overall fitness of their school and whether the campus promotes physical activity.

The grades from each category were averaged to form the final grade. And the survey says:

Top 20 Fattest Universities of 2005

1. University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2. University of New Orleans 3. Mississippi State University 4. Southern Illinois University Carbondale 5. Portland State University 6. University of North Carolina, Greensboro 7. Eastern Michigan University 8. University of Kentucky 9. SUNY College, Brockport (N.Y.) 10. University of South Florida 11. University of Nebraska, Omaha 12. Seton Hall University (N.J.) 13. Louisiana State University 14. Southwest Missouri State University 15. University of Texas, Dallas 16. West Chester University of Pennsylvania 17. University of Cincinnati 18. Winona State University (Minn.) 19. University of Maine 20. Old Dominion University (Va.)

Top 20 Fittest Universities of 2005

1. Brigham Young University 2. University of California, Santa Barbara 3. Boston University 4. University of Vermont 5. Northwestern University (Ill.) 6. University of Colorado, Boulder 7. University of Notre Dame (Ind.) 8. University of California, Santa Cruz 9. University of Wisconsin, Madison 10. University of Wisconsin, La Crosse 11. Boston College 12. Texas Christian University 13. University of California, Davis 14. Georgia Institute of Technology 15. Salisbury University (Md.) 16. Georgetown University (D.C.) 17. College of William and Mary (Va.) 18. College of Charleston (S.C.) 19. East Carolina University (N.C.) 20. California State University, Long Beach

What to Do if You Attend One of the Fattest Universities

Healthy-Living Dorms: Thumbs up to Washington University in St. Louis for opening healthy-living dorms. Students who choose to live in these campus abodes pledge not to use drugs or drink to excess, and exercise facilities are located nearby. The University of Maine at Farmington, Indiana University in Bloomington, George Mason University and many others across the nation have started similar programs.

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