Texas is Fat, and Getting Fatter, Says the CDC

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It's an easy thing for a state to rationalize. Every year, the percentage of Texas residents who are technically obese inches up slightly. It's just by a percentage point or so, so maybe it's a rounding error or a gravitational anomaly that affects every Texans' scale. Besides, who doesn't overindulge over the holidays? You can work off the extra flab during the new year. The new year comes and the new treadmill turns into an expensive clothes hanger and before you know it, your ankles are too chubby to fit in your cowboy boots and you're the ninth fattest state in America with a 30.4-percent obesity rate.

Yes, Texas is high on yet another list, but this one is from the Centers For Disease Control, whose opinions carry more weight than, say, Forbes. Plus, it comes with colorful maps and a slideshow that show us just how shockingly fast our waistlines have expanded. The map above is from 2010. The one below is from 1990.

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The CDC reminds us that obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc. and is generally a bad thing. But there is a sliver of good news in all the figures and maps. They are all based on self-reported obesity, which explains why the official, national rate is at 35.7 percent, higher than any individual state. Sure, some people are in denial, but most people aren't. And if you're going to be fat anyway, you might as well own it.

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scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Those two maps, from the 90s and today reminds me of a reflection I've often had.  We wore Jordache jeans at one time.  We were all skinny.  Just looking at the high school kids, they'd all be fat by my reckoning back then.  As I've aged, I've come to like Women, not girls.  I'd also adjusted to what I'd then consider Reubenesque women.  But, it's really out of control.  I don't think those ideals were healthy then, but it's gone too far.

Honeybee
Honeybee

Drastically cut your carbs and stand back in amazement as the pounds drop off, no exercise needed.

 

Bread, juice, chips, cereal, potatoes, tortillas, milk, pasta, cake, cookies, bagels---you get the idea.  Those little Satans are everywhere.  

 

Also, in case someone is polling, I vote for oldest comments first, too...

AmazingBenefits
AmazingBenefits

In an amazing coincidence, Texas is also filling up with Mexicans/Latinos.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I try my best to get Big Kitty to move her fat behind, but look at her.

lolotehe
lolotehe

It's because it gets so hot. We don't want to walk or bike somewhere in 100+ weather, so we drive, so we get used to driving, so we drive everywhere.

 

Anyway, it's too hot to exercise.

 

Also, the new commenting system won't let me correct mis-spelled words.  can see they need fixin', but there's no right-click option.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

30.4% sounds really low to me. Don't  these mapmakers have eyes?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

And the Sarah Palins of the world decry the First Lady's try at educating children on the benefits of healthy eating by giving grade school kids donuts. What idiots. The healthcare industry loves this stuff. More business for them.  

WillyWonk
WillyWonk

SloMamacare will fix all of the fat people!

monstruss
monstruss

I love how there are 10 comments, but when I try to view comments sorted by oldest first, it only shows one actual comment. This new system is garbage.

timetomoveon
timetomoveon

Looks like the path of migrant workers carrying their buckets of manteca cross the nation.

coachbranden
coachbranden

If only we'd build some bike lanes so people could insert exercise into their everyday lives.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

The proliferation of "fast food nation" is WAY out of control!  My kids would eat it 3 times a day, 7 days a week ,if I'd let them. But sometimes you have to parent them, and actually make them a good meal. Fast food makes me sluggish, useless and puts me in a horrible mood. So, I hate it. Compound trashy food with sitting and playing video games all day, and voile', you have a whole generation of fat asses.  My pet peeve when the in laws come to town is eating three squares a day in restaurants, and I piss everyone off when I suggest going to Walmart, and buying mustard, turkey and bread-MEAL DONE!  Then you have time to do REAL stuff. Besides, who has the time to fit in three squares a day? 

 

 

James080
James080 topcommenter

Just look at the agricultural products the federal government subsidizes and then wonder why the people of this nation are becoming obese. The food we eat is garbage.

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

everyone is bigger in Texas!

 

Is that right?  Fool me and you won't get fooled again.?...

 

I just want to go and eat some BBQ

observist
observist topcommenter

 @Honeybee It's about cutting calories, not carbs.  I defy anyone to cut all those things out of their diet without cutting their calorie intake.  That's how you lose weight.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk

 @AmazingBenefits Yeah...

 

All those guys pushing mowers and roofing houses are driving up obesity stats.

 

Couldn't be the snide conservatives sitting on their ever-expanding fat-asses chowing down poptarts in their parent's basements while typing racist invective on a local alt-weekly blog forum...

 

...nah, couldn't be those guys...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @loloteheAnd,try double clicking on the right button.  I don't get it, sometimes that works, other-times, not. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @lolotehe I'm with you on the heat.  I work outside, so I gets me my exercise either way.  But, I do very little outdoor rec. 4 months of the year; and I'm more accustomed to it than most. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @timetomoveon looks more like Soul food corridor to me.  You should perhaps move on and get out of Northern Mexico.  Go to New England, you can bitch about Mexicans there.  But, considering we stole this land from them, and that many of them are the true natives; you're basically worse than NAZI's

JRT9584
JRT9584

 @kergo1spaceship Earth to Kergo: Grow a pair and tell the in-laws they can eat all their meals out in restaurants while you and YOUR kids will stay in for most meals eating healthier variety. Come on, man.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

 @kergo1spaceship Kergo, don't forget the fatasses that sit in their suvs in front of the grocery store waiting for a space within waddling distance of the door, then prop themselves on the handle of the cart to ooze down the aisles loading up on HFCS.

coachbranden
coachbranden

@kergo1spaceship Getting kids on bikes would help.

timetomoveon
timetomoveon

 @TheCredibleHulk If you ever left your white enclave and were exposed to more than just the help... you might know what you were talking about.

TexOHara
TexOHara

 @Montemalone That and the motorized carts in grocery stores.  It's one thing when the elderly who have trouble getting around use them; quite another when 450 lb. Aunt Bessie is re-enacting an Austin Powers movie in the Frozen section.

 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

 @Montemalone Every fat ass who pushes their cart with their elbows needs to be slaughtered.  Immediately.  Brutally.  In front of their children.

 

That shit needs to stop.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @kergo1spaceship I'm a TEXAN!  YeeeHAwwww!  I like BBQ, Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed potatoes (white like me) 

 

It's called irony. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @timetomoveon Mexicans and other immigrants aren't used to the many disgusting and unhealthy food options we have here.  Richest country in the world, worst food in the world. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @kergo1spaceship now I love to hit the restaurants when I'm traveling.  I sure don't want to hit the chains, where I can get the same thing anywhere on the interstate.  But, get into the local flavor is part and parcel of traveling for me. 

JRT9584
JRT9584

 @kergo1spaceship Exactly. And weekends are the worst. You couldn't pay them to eat at the house. Instead of having a nice, relaxing, peaceful weekend, it's filled with waiting in long lines for breakfast at 9:00, dinner at 6-7, then constantly cleaning up after them, your fridge getting raided and virtually emptied out, no one agreeing on the thermostat setting, and the bathrooms being constantly stinky and hogged due to all of the heavy meals running through everyone. It totally sucks all the way around.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @JRT9584 

 

right!  just talking about Obama and weather, and global warming.......then I steal away to the side yard for some Budweiser's, and everything is alright. It is an event for them......I feel like saying , 'how lame is eating out at Chili's 5 times in three days?'  I mean, it CHILI'S!

 

 

ps-the "let's just get some fucking lunchmeat and bread" thing really pisses everyone off; but I've been bringing it up for 20+ years; it's no wonder people are fat. I can't even fit in three squares day. 

JRT9584
JRT9584

 @kergo1spaceship I'm with you Kerg's. The wife, kids, in-laws--they all want to go "out" to eat. It's an event to them. An excuse to get out of the house or what not. I deal with it too. You're almost damned either way because food at the grocery stores isn't much cheaper, plus having to clean your "guests" dishes. Nobody wants to do that. And the beating that is your in-laws behind you at the sink flapping their gums (not helping whatsoever) while your back is turned washing their dishes is one of the highest order.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @JRT9584 

and it pisses my wife off......it'd be different it it were something cool like Texas de Brazil, or Bob's-but no, sadly, it's always IHop and Chili's.

PhilEsteen
PhilEsteen

 @scottindallas

 Gotcha irony...and I loved it. 'Cept it is spelled "Yeeeeeeehawww" with the emphasis on the 'haw' and the pickup truck.

 

Don't forget the fucking 'chicken fried chicken,' which has to be the dumbest thing you will encounter in Texas...besides a Republican.

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