Mayor David Felinton has taken the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions claim as a wake-up call, and admits that locals are carrying more junk in the trunk than they should be.
Felinton says the towns southern culture is at fault for all the fatties walking around.
He explains, We like our country food. We cook with bacon grease and eat biscuits and gravy. Its part of our local culture.
Huntingtons mining background also plays an important role in their tubby title.
He says, You work a long day, and its often hard work, and youre tired. Youre not likely to go to the gym or eat a salad.
Felinton hopes the unflattering title will lead chunky residents to get fit and eat well.
He says, Its a call for people to live healthier. Ive lost 92 pounds myself. Were working on a wellness program for the city.
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