Gallup survey shows Denver isn’t eating all that healthy

Surveyors for the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being series asked thousands, “Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?”

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Red Robin's teryaki pinapple Banzai Burger paired with the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale, a collaboration between Red Robin and New Belgium Brewery. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?”

Surveyors for the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being series called thousands of people across the country with that question in 2015 and 2016. They found out Denver is not stacking up too well compared to cities in California and Florida.

Denver ranked 70th out the 189 metros featured in the index released Wednesday — 64.6 percent of people from the Mile High area reported eating completely healthy the day before they were surveyed. That’s compared to 75.3 percent of residents from the Naples, Florida metro area which claimed the No.1 spot.

Altogether, Florida had four communities in the top 25. California had even more (an even 10). Colorado had one: Boulder, which claimed the No. 14 spot.

Nationwide, 63.2 percent of Americans reported eating healthy all day “yesterday” in 2016. That’s the lowest percentage since Gallup and Sharecare began asking in 2008.

Why’s that a problem? Well, healthy eating is tied to lower probability of obesity, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even depression, Gallup found.

The survey did not measure long-term eating habits, so it is unknown whether a respondent had only eaten healthy the previous day or if they have a long-term pattern of eating healthy, according to Gallup data scientist Matthew Hoover.

It’s also not clear if surveyors explained what “healthy” eating was before asking callers if they did it.

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