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America, we need to step away from the all-you-can-eat burger bar and chomp on a carrot. OK, that sounds like a terrible idea, but you know what I mean. We are "the fattest country" in the developed world, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD says 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight, and half that number qualify as obese.

But some of us are learning to love kale.

Yummly, a website which helps people find recipes, has analyzed the search habits of 100 million users to determine which American cities are healthiest and which are not. The results are based on a variety of factors involving the types of recipes Yummly users in major cities prefer. 

Here are the healthiest cities:

1.     San Francisco

2.     San Diego

3.     Los Angeles

4.     New York

5.     Portland, Ore.

You'll notice the top three are in California, the land of fruits and nuts. Literally. In Los Angeles, Yummly says users like recipes which require steaming (it's also good for the skin ...). In San Diego, Yummly users prefer fish to beef. San Francisco is considered the healthiest city of all, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 45 percent of residents have a healthy weight (hmmm, that's still means most do not). However, only 18 percent of San Franciscans are considered obese. Yummly users there are 30 percent more likely to search for recipes with vegetables than people in Cleveland.

And speaking of Cleveland ...

Here are the least healthy cities:

1.     St. Louis

2.     Pittsburgh

3.     Cleveland

4.     Charlotte, N.C.

5.     Dallas-Fort Worth

Yes, Cleveland is on the list, but it's not the worst! That honor goes to St. Louis, home to fantastic barbecue. HOW CAN YOU SAY 'NO' TO BARBECUE? Yummly said users in the unhealthiest cities often searched for recipes with bacon, cheese, cake and pie. I say combine all four in one dish! You can start eating kale next week.

A couple of notes about regional preferences:

Denver "ranks high in searches for trendy diets, including gluten free, low carb and vegan," said Yummly.

Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York are 3-1/2 times more likely to search for chicken than beef recipes.

Portland and Seattle are more likely to search for recipes with brown rice and quinoa.

Atlanta and Houston are the biggest fans of fried food.

Finally, Minneapolis-St. Paul has the most searches for casseroles. Oh, you betcha!

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