Finally, a State-Funded Map of Texas' Fattest Children

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Texas Comptroller's Office
It's no secret that Texans are fat and that they're getting fatter. Right now, almost one in three qualify as obese, with that ratio expected to nearly double over the next two decades. The picture is almost as grim for kids. According to a 2011 study, one in five children in Texas is obese.

But fatness in Texas isn't evenly distributed, and the office of State Comptroller Susan Combs has produced the handy map you see above, of which you can find an interactive version here, shows the distribution of obesity based on school districts. The darker the blue, the higher the percentage of kids in the district who are fat.

The map is based on data collected using Fitnessgram, a youth fitness assessment developed two decades ago by Dallas' Cooper Institute. It was adopted by the Texas Education Agency in 2008 in response to a new law requiring districts to assess students' health and physical fitness each year. One of the key factors in those assessments is body mass index, a way of measuring the percentage of a person's weight that's fat.

Dallas ISD isn't the darkest blue, but it's pretty dark. Just under half the students in DISD have a BMI considered healthy. Thirteen percent have BMIs that put them at moderate risk for current and future health complications. And the rest, 38 percent, are considered to be at high risk. The numbers are almost identical for Houston and Fort Worth ISDs.

That's all rather depressing they're depressing all the same. As for why the comptroller, the state's chief accountant, is concerning herself with children's waistlines, it's because of money. Obesity is predicted to cost Texas businesses $32.5 billion each year by 2030 that could otherwise be invested in more productive ways.


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21 comments
babadetiba
babadetiba

I hope this isn't the pretext for food laws or "vice taxes, like in NY or Cali. Please. blue island Dallas-ites, don't do it. 

rusknative
rusknative

how about a map of Texas' fatest school teachers, policemen, county and city employees, and journalists?

Joni Espinoza
Joni Espinoza

I blame the chicken fried steak and Mexican food.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Apparently God likes his kids fat in his country?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Texans love to shovel several pounds of fatty animal flesh down their gullets at one sitting. No surprise they're as fat as elephants.

Jon Pitt
Jon Pitt

So sad... Where are the parents?!

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

Seems like an overlay of the map of liberal Obama voters.

Megan Jerai
Megan Jerai

Folks probably wouldn't believe it...but there is positivity within the DISD.

Michael TruckMonth Ricker
Michael TruckMonth Ricker

BMI is indeed somewhat inaccurate, but I doubt these kids are body builders for the most part.

Anatole Noskov
Anatole Noskov

BMI is not even accurate way to determine a healthy weight for an individual. I am 5'9 at 170lbs and low body fat and according to the BMI chart I am overweight. It's all relative.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@keepcensoringDO East Texas, West Texas, Panhandle - yeah, real liberal Democratic regions.  Fool.

If your mom finds out the crap you've been posting she's going to take away your Internet privileges and make you play outside.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@keepcensoringDO maybe not liberal, but definitely within his voting block. does this report come in Spanish too?  Otherwise I'd think it's only partially effective.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@Anatole Noskov It is unless you are a competition level body builder or starting NFL running back. If not, then you need to listen to what the numbers say.

klystron525
klystron525

@blakewilsontx @keepcensoringDO There is a strong correlation between this map and percentage of families on food stamps.  The higher percentage on food stamps, the higher percentage of obesity.  I don't make these statistics, the government does, and the numbers speak for themselves. 


http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=ApHsFsCRvXa4vT6Udd0QKiqbvZx4?p=texas+food+stamp+map&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701

Oh, and the food stamp map really lines up with the Obama voters map.

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