Corpus Christi and Dallas outdo Houston on fattest cities list: We're slender(by Texas standards)
Everything's bigger in Texas — and according to Men's Health that includes the people.
The magazine published its annual "Fattest Cities in America" list, and half of the top 10 cities are from the Lone Star State.
It's been years since Houston's three-year reign at the top of the list, but it still comes in the top 10 at No. 9.
Number one was Corpus Christi (or Corpulent Christi, as Men's Health calls it), followed by El Paso at No. 3, Dallas at No. 4, San Antonio in seventh place and finally Houston, the first city on the list to earn a D- grade instead of an F.
Umm .... yay?
On the other end of the spectrum, Austin was the fifth least-fattest city in the country behind San Francisco, Burlington, Vt., Washington, D.C. and Seattle.
And apparently the fatties in Dallas can't swim across the Trinity River: Metroplex mates Fort Worth and Arlington both ended up on the healthy half of the list of 100.
In the past criteria for the top of the list has been inconsistent at best — for example, how many fitness-related events the mayor attends, how many residents have a home gym, and the number of pizza parlors/ice cream shops/pools per capita.)
This year the rationale seems to be a bit more scientific, combining the percentage of people who are overweight, percentage of people with diabetes, the percentage who "haven't left the couch in a month" as reported by the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (a telephone survey), the amount of money spent on junk food and the number of people who ate fast food nine or more times a month.
Frankly, for a truly accurate list they should have stopped at the first criterion — the number of people who are overweight. The other factors disproportionately apply to cities with a large population of African Americans (whose prevalence for type II diabetes is 1.6 times the rate of white Americans) and those with a high poverty rate (poor people are much more likely to make up a large portion of their diet from junk food and fast food).
Fat is fat — no matter where you got your lunch.
But while Houston still has a way to go — the magazine applauds Texas lawmakers for the impending law requiring restaurant chains to post calorie counts — at least our neighbors can't exactly make fun of us.
And the next time you're traveling and someone says tells you Houston is the fattest city in America, smile and say "I think you mean Dallas."