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Top 25 Fat Cities in the US(25 posts)

Top 25 Fat Cities in the USTxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 7:23 AM
1. Houston, TX (fattest)
(Duh!, to get ANYWHERE in this city you must DRIVE, being the home of chicken fried ice cream does not help either)
2. Chicago, IL
3. Detroit, MI
4. Philadelphia, PA
(Philly cheese steak...mmmmmm)
5. Dallas, TX
(Big D is REALLY big, even Mark Cuban is on Body Solutions)
6. Columbus, OH
7. San Antonio, TX
(Mexican food, no sidewalks, Puro Fat Antonio)
8. Fort Worth, TX
(Stockyards=beef=chicken fried steak+beer=Moo)
9. St. Louis, MO
10. Indianapolis, IN
11. Tulsa, OK
12. Atlanta, GA
13. Cleveland, OH
14. El Paso, TX
(Mexican Food, hot temperatures deture outdoor activities)
15. Miami, FL
16. New York, NY
17. Kansas City, MO
18. Phoenix, AZ
19. Baltimore, MD
20. New Orleans, LA
(Nickname is the "Big" Easy, good food, most people there are shaped like footballs)
21. Charlotte, NC
22. Milwaukee, WI
23. Las Vegas, NV
(Home of the $4.99 steak and eggs at 2AM buffet)
24. Mesa, AZ
25. Wichita, KS
I want some donuts nmDog
Jan 4, 2002 8:18 AM
Another meaningless listmr_spin
Jan 4, 2002 8:42 AM
This can't possibly be scientific. It seems to lean heavily (no pun intended) to the midwest and Texas in particular. Not one city in California? I would think Los Angeles, my hometown, the second largest city in the USA, would be on there through sheer numbers alone. What is it up to now? 9 million people?

Furthermore, I'll bet that if a list of the top 25 thin cities came out, there would be some crossover with this list.
Another meaningless listTxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 9:17 AM

1. Colorado Springs, CO (fittest)
2. Denver, CO
3. San Diego, CA
4. Seattle, WA
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Virginia Beach, VA
7. Honolulu, HI
8. Sacramento, CA
9. Albuquerque, NM
10. Boston, MA
11. Portland, OR
12. Tucson, AZ
13. Fresno, CA
14. Minneapolis, MN
15. Oakland, CA
16. Austin, TX
17. Memphis, TN
18. Los Angeles, CA
19. Omaha, NE
20. San Jose, CA
21. Washington, DC
22. Oklahoma City, OK
23. Jacksonville, FL
24. Nashville, TN
25. Long Beach, CA
so, what's the association?Dog
Jan 4, 2002 9:25 AM
What's the connection between certain cities or types of cities and fitness/fatness?

*mean age?

What do you think?
How's this:mr_spin
Jan 4, 2002 9:40 AM
Apparently it helps to live on the west coast. Probably that frontier spirit.

What I think is interesting is this:

Baltimore (Fat) to Washington DC (Fit) = 40 miles
Tulsa (Fat) to Oklahoma City (Fit) = 100 miles
San Antonio (Fat) to Austin (Fit) = 80 miles
Mesa (Fat) to Tucson (Fit) = 100 miles

Where is the fat line? Maybe we need the USGS to create maps similar to the seismic zone maps showing where you are at a higher risk of getting fat.
How's thisTig
Jan 4, 2002 10:27 AM
Living in Texas, I have spent plenty of time in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. The cultural differences between these 3 cities is vast. Houston and SA are similar except that SA is predominantly Hispanic and Houston has a larger black and good ol' boy redneck (Remember the movie "Urban Coyboy"?) populations. This explains some of Houston's fatness. Houston also has over 20,000 millionaires and the largest percentage of people who dine out. Combine that with the humidity and you get fat, lazy people.

Austin, however is completely different. When it was small and hip, it was laid back with a grass roots feel. That is all still there, but the influx of industry and population growth have changed the face, and the wealth of it's people. The number of upscale neighborhoods is expanding at a rapid rate. Outdoor activities like golf, running, and cycling are well suited for the climate and attitude of the people there. The place is surrounded with beautiful hills and feels a little like California (I'd ask Sandra Bullock, but she never returns my calls and keeps changing her number!).

I can't explain the differences between Tulsa and OKC, even after living in Tulsa for a few years. I always though it was a better place for outdoor activities than OKC. I think the oil affluence and business create a different demographic than OKC's college town environment.
it's ok, she never calls me back, eitherdustin73
Jan 4, 2002 12:53 PM
i saw Eliza Dushku on 6th once last year. that was cool.
Jan 4, 2002 11:21 AM
Mr. Sprin said: "Where is the fat line? Maybe we need the USGS to create maps similar to the seismic zone maps showing where you are at a higher risk of getting fat."

If you do stand up comedy, then there is at least 10 minutes of material in that sentence alone. :)

Mr. Spin said: San Antonio (Fat) to Austin (Fit) = 80 miles

Yes, but those 2 cities are a world apart. San Antonio is a much larger and poorer city. Austin has a major university and several smaller universities along with being a state capital. San Antonio's old main stay was military bases which are closing with no real industry to replace them. It comes down to a "forward looking" versus a "let's do the same thing again" attitude. Austin looks ahead, San Antonio just looks around. You have a really nice park system to ride bikes, jog, walk, etc in Austin. San Antonio's major parks are a haven for perverts and prostitutes.
Good climate and natural beauty attract fit people.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 4, 2002 9:42 AM
And any place with a large Northern European population starts with a heavy disadvantage.

Good climate and natural beauty attract fit people.TxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 11:23 AM
San Antonio?
60% Hispanic.
Hispanics can't be beautiful and fit?mr_spin
Jan 4, 2002 11:46 AM
Give me a break. Ever seen Selma Hayek?
Hispanics can't be beautiful and fit?Dog
Jan 4, 2002 11:59 AM
You can't just site one example to destroy a good generalization. :-) Selma is gorgeous, yes.

From what I've obvserved, many hispanics have a high fat, high carbo diet. Just try some authentic Mexican food. The oils stream off the tortillas and lard. They tend to be shorter, too, which hurts the BMI.

I think it's just as valid as saying redneck southerners (which I partly am) are overweight.

Hispanics can't be beautiful and fit?TxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 12:23 PM
Missing my point.
I am attacking the "Northern Euro" angle.
I was just making jokes...Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 4, 2002 1:09 PM
Sorry to offend. I was thinking of the cuisine of the northern midwest when I made that comment. Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have a lot of Scandinavian and German influences in their cuisine, and lots of big people.
I was just making jokes...TxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 2:23 PM
No biggie...try riding by a Taco Cabana (fast food 100X better than Taco Hell, er Bell)after a 25 mile ride. Even your bike wants to throw back some chips y queso con frozen margaritas. :)'''
Lard with a butter toppingMcAndrus
Jan 5, 2002 7:00 AM
Now a South Carolinian, I grew up in Michigan and have lived in Minnesota. In the cuisine everything has butter but just in case you think your brats are too dry, the hostess will put more butter on the table for you.

My favorite Michigan food is a ham sandwich with butter *and* mayonnaise. Then there's my mother-in-law's potato salad. There's enough fat and cholesterol in one serving to last a lifetime - but it's absolutely delicious.

And let us not mention the long, cold winters that keep you inside from November to March.

South Carolina rules!
Jan 8, 2002 4:34 AM
not true - there aren't that many fat people in northern Europe

and there aren't any northern Europeans in America (except for toursists and recent emigres) - they are called Americans
so, what's the association?TxTarpon
Jan 4, 2002 10:54 AM

I think it is the number of subscribers. LA has more subscribers to the zine than Tulsa. They list their critera on their website.
Hey-how did Fresno make the "Fit List?"Straightblock
Jan 4, 2002 4:38 PM
We just got our first Krispy Kreme donut shop last year (a major civic event with big local press coverage) & the drive-thru there is packed around the clock. Many of the finer restaurants have a hard time surviving here, but Hometown Buffet has a line out the door every night.
must be usDog
Jan 4, 2002 4:44 PM
We must be skewing the average with all our cycling.

Or, could be the heat. Sweats off the pounds.

The results are a study ofKristin_CLS
Jan 4, 2002 7:15 PM
peoples weights as recorded at the doctors office. So, fat people* visit the Dr. more often than skinny ones.

No offense intended...I am still a fat person myself.
Funny story about fancy food in a farming town.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 4, 2002 9:38 AM
Here's a true story from a trip to the fanciest restaurant in Carlinville, IL. Carlinville is my girlfriend's ancestral homeplace, so we go down there every once in a while to visit her grandmother and swim in the lake, etc. Anyway, we went out to Carlinville's special occasion restaurant and after looking at the menu, I determined the lightest item on it was the steak.

I ordered the steak, and the waiter saw I was from out of town and suggested I try the rattlesnake platter - their specialty - as an appetizer. OK, what the heck, I got the rattlesnake platter and a steak. "Excellent choice, sir." said the waiter.

Well, it turns out that rattlesnake is actually deep fried steak strips. I guess an appetizer of deep fried steak followed by a steak is an "excellent choice". In spite of this, I think I still came away with the lowest cholesterol meal. The Ceasar Salad my girlfriend ordered had at least 6,000 calories. The linguine alfredo her grandmother had was probably twice that.

Sounds like my inlawsTypeOne
Jan 6, 2002 11:07 AM
Alex, I have been there. Going to dinner with my inlaws is a prerequisite for a heart attack. Usually the pre-meal bread is the low-fat option, along with the house salad before the main course. But they ask the server for extra butter and an extra side of salad dressing for the salad. Then the deep-fried slop.
My wife's family has a tradition of not investing for retirement and moving in with adult children in their declining years. I'm pretty sure this won't happen at my house, because her parents are going to go quickly. I have tried talking with them about their health, but it just pisses them off. Thank goodness my wife broke the tradition and is thin and a fit runner.
About this "study"Tig
Jan 7, 2002 10:50 AM
Here's what Men's Fitness said in their article on their study:

Our survey mixes hard science (like mortality data and the percentage of overweight people) with real-world lifestyle factors (such as climate and availability of exercise facilities, public parks and open space). We also measure factors that provide insight into the attitude and behavior of the locals, including fruit and vegetable consumption, TV watching statistics, and junk-food proliferation.

Not exactly scientific, eh?