Manhattan men are nation’s 2nd-skinniest: report

 Actor David Singletary of East Harlem lost more than 200 pounds in gym, while many others keep fit by biking or just keeping up with the city’s pace.

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Actor David Singletary of East Harlem exemplifies the trim status that Manhattan men enjoy in a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. He lost more than 200 pounds in the gym after moving to New York from Florida …

Their wallets are fat, but their bodies are thin.

A new study reveals that Manhattan men are second only to the famously skinny boys of San Francisco as the trimmest in the nation — and the reason is likely due to the Big Apple’s famed Type A personality.

Fewer than one in five Manhattanites is obese — and male life expectancy in the city has gone up a whopping 13 years since 1985, compared to eight years for New York women.

... where Singletary, pictured here in his pre-NYC days, says 'it’s okay to have extra pounds. It means someone’s lovin’ you, cooking for you at home.'

Handout/David Singletary

… where Singletary, pictured here in his pre-NYC days, says ‘it’s okay to have extra pounds. It means someone’s lovin’ you, cooking for you at home.’

Here’s the skinny, according to the new report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington:

Men in Manhattan tend to be more affluent, better educated and success-driven — all factors that tip the scales toward not tipping the scales.

“There is a lot of pressure to look your best and be healthy here,” said David Singletary, 30, a musical theater actor who moved from Florida to the city when he was 450 pounds.

Exercise is key for many Manhattan men, such as those riding bicycles through Central Park.

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Exercise is key for many Manhattan men, such as those riding bicycles through Central Park.

He’s now a ripped 215 — and a poster boy for health.

“A casting director told me I would spend my career typecast as the ‘funny, fat sidekick’ unless I lost weight,” said Singletary. “Where I grew up, it’s okay to have extra pounds. It means someone’s lovin’ you, cooking for you at home.”

Singletary said he won the battle of the bulge by walking the streets of the city, going to free exercise classes and throwing out all the junk food in his fridge.

New Yorker Michael Eigen keeps trim by riding his scooter home from work.

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New Yorker Michael Eigen keeps trim by riding his scooter home from work.

“Working out is hard and I don’t always want to do it but it’s probably the best thing I have done in my entire life,” said Singletary, who lives in East Harlem. “Losing half my body weight was like losing two Olsen twins.”

For Michael Eigen, owner of Premier Cru, a boutique wine shop on Madison Avenue, exercise is key — he rides his bicycle 100 miles a week. And when his bike broke last week, he switched to a scooter.

“New York is filled with temptation. You’ve got to pay attention to your health,” said Eigen, 48. “We’re all Type A’s here. Riding a bike at the end of a work day and feeling the breeze calms you down. It’s like having a drink.”

Luigi Fenzo, another trim Manhattan man, takes a spin class at a New York Sports Club branch.

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Luigi Fenzo, another trim Manhattan man, takes a spin class at a New York Sports Club branch.

One of the authors of the study called Manhattan’s life expectancy numbers “impressive,” and said Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiatives against smoking, sugar and trans fats played some role.

“He can’t take all the credit, but he certainly can take some when you think about how low obesity is [in Manhattan], compared to 50% in other places,” said Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “There has been a lot of focus on New Yorkers’ health over a few decades.”

Other parts of the country cannot make the same boast.

Skinny ties, skinny men. That’s Manhattan for you, says a new report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

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Skinny ties, skinny men. That’s Manhattan for you, says a new report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Nearly half the men in Owsley County, Ky., and Issaquena County, Miss. — which ranked at the top of the country’s obesity chart — were busting their buttons in 2011.

“I believe it,” said Kim Reed, owner of the Home Town Cafe in Booneville, Ky, when the Daily News told her about the study’s findings.

“About half my male customers fit the bill,” said Reed, who dishes up fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and homemade peanut butter pie.

“I guess after they hit retirement, they eat themselves to death. All that country cookin’, I guess.”

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